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The Stewardess

(Marv Hamilton)
October 13, 2006
Marv Hamilton
The Stewardess



She was a stewardess on the run between the World and Vietnam
She’d just turned 21, was tryin’ hard to remain calm
Already she couldn’t sleep at night, couldn’t eat or laugh or cry
Up there on that endless flight, couldn’t help but wonder why

She had a boyfriend back in Denver, hadn’t heard from him in weeks
Had some Colorado college friends, now they didn’t even speak
All her life she’d wanted to fly, ever since she was a little girl
Now she was haulin’ young men off to die, half way around the world

Seattle to Alaska, Japan to Cam Rahn Bay
McKinley, then Mt. Fuji, sunrise twice in the same day
She was runnin’out of breath up there, runnin’out of words
Sister of mercy or Angel of death? Flyin’ the Freedom Bird

From the steakhouse at Ft. Lewis to Sin City in An Ke
An endless stream of boys and men, some travelin’ just one-way
Desperation in their humor, terror hidden in their eyes
Some of them were so handsome, some of them seemed so wise

They’d flirt with her, she did her best just to be polite
And it was “Coffee, tea or milk?” and “I hope you enjoy the flight”
In rough air over Thailand she went sprawlin’ in the aisle
A hundred pairs of hungry eyes, all she could do was blush and smile

Seattle to Alaska, Japan to Cam Rahn Bay
McKinley, then Mt. Fuji, sunrise twice in the same day
She was runnin’out of breath up there, runnin’out of words
Sister of mercy or Angel of death? Flyin’ the Freedom Bird

Fresh-faced boys in new fatigues got on with close-cropped hair
Sad old men got back on again in worn out boots and thousand-yard stares

She was a stewardess on the run between the World and Vietnam
And she’d just turned 21



Marvin Hamilton 2001