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song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

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Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn't have a care in the world


[Larry Blakeley, 1502 Ridgemont Drive, Austin, Texas (1957)]


With mommy and daddy standin' by


[The Roy James Blakeley Family, Easter (1964)]


But "happily ever after" fails
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers dwell on small details
Since daddy had to fly ... (song lyrics continued below)

."... I begged him not to do that because the war might have changed by then in three months. He said, "they just need to get the 'zip 4's' over there." Later I knew he was probably making light of it, but at the time I was upset and you being the serious, sensible child you always were said:

'DAD - MOTHER DOESN'T WANT TO BE A YOUNG WIDOW.'

It shocked him and he said, 'I am planning on coming back...'" - Email from Johnnye Blakeley to Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/young_widow.htm, dated 9/12/2004 7:50 PM, Posted September 27, 2004 at 8:20 PM CDT; September 28, 2004 at 0120 GMT.

Mother - you probably need to expand on this because it is unclear to those that don't know what you mean by ."..I begged him not to do that because the war might have changed by then in three months..." - Larry Blakeley, October 22, 2004.

Larry, I did send this, but what happened was: We were sitting at the table for dinner and he said something about if they needed an alternate to go to Viet Nam with another squadron besides ours, he might volunteer to rotate with them so he could be back by Christmas. He always liked to be home for Christmas. I said please don't do that for in three months when it is really time for you to rotate with our squadron, the war might have changed, maybe be over..He said we just need to get the "zip 4's" over there..Now that I look back I know he was trying to make light of it, because he saw my concern and worry about it. He might have been better off to go then, because they were doing "air to air" missions and by the time our squadron got there they had changed it to "air to ground" dive bombing and strafing at very low levels which made our pilots "sitting ducks" for the ground fire. You picked up on my concern and being the serious, sensible child you always were you said "Dad, Mother doesn't want to be a young widow." That is when he said "I am planning on coming back." One month later he came back in a casket.

Love Mother, email from Johnnye Blakeley, dated October 22, 2004.

Ah, but I know a place where we can go
Still untouched by men
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass waves in the wind
You can lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
This is the end
This is the end of the innocence


[Deja Vu - the pain all over again, Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005)
http://www.loriblakeley.name/index.htm]

Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king

["Midnight Address" on 2nd Gulf of Tonkin incident, August 4, 1964. Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton]


Armchair warriors often fail

[White House Situation Room, (L-R:) George Christian, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Gen. Robert Ginsburg, Walt Rostow look at relief map of Khe Sanh area, Vietnam. February 16, 1968. Photo credit: Yoichi R. Okamoto]

And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie ... (song lyrics continued below)

["Dad, Mother doesn't want to be a young widow." That is when he said "I am planning on coming back." One month later he came back in a casket. "The Things You Didn't Do," Anonymous http://www.royblakeley.name/but_you_didnt.htm] ]

Ah, but I know a place where we can go
And wash away this sin
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass waves in the wind
Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair spill all around me
Offer up your best defense
This is the end
This is the end of the innocence

Who knows how long this will last
Now we've come so far, so fast
But, somewhere back there in the dust


[Roy Blakeley on an East Texas oil field road - 1935]
That same small town in each of us
I need to remember this
So baby give me just one kiss
And let me take a long last look
Before we say goodbye
Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
This is the end
This is the end of the innocence


[Larry Blakeley, awards presentation
Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas - August 1965]

- "The End of the Innocence," Composers/Performers: Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby

Well, he returned.

"There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you.

When you returned from Vietnam,

But you didn't."

"The Things You Didn't Do," - "The Things You Didn't Do," poem appearing in the book, "Living, Loving and Learning," Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D., Author: a female student who wished to remain anonymous. http://www.royblakeley.name/but_you_didnt.htm