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Lizzie Cornish 1 14 Nov 10 - 06:12 PM
MAG 15 Nov 10 - 01:40 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 15 Nov 10 - 01:53 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Dec 17 - 01:13 AM
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Subject: Talking Post Trauma Blues - Tom Smith
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 06:12 PM

A good song, and one which some folks may relate to...

'Talking Post Trauma Blues'


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Subject: RE: Talking Post Trauma Blues - Tom Smith
From: MAG
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:40 PM

important topic that can't get too much attention, plus actually being a decent song.

note: it's c2007, so the prez in question is the previous one,


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Subject: RE: Talking Post Trauma Blues - Tom Smith
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:53 PM

Yes, it's the topic, MAG.

I was watching this interview yesterday about Harry Farr, a WW1 Soldier 'shot at dawn', basically because of shell shock as it became known..

Ian Hislop interview with Harry Farr's Grand-daughter

...and from there I started looking into shell shock, which of course became, over the years, what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome...

Interesting how many people are never properly diagnosed, or helped, as they should be...simply being shovelled out tablets for depression whilst the reason *causing* that depression is being overlooked, time and again..

Desperately sad to think they could be getting treatment that actually helped them to deal with this often life-threatening problem.

Then I found Tom's song...and thought it might help a few folks and enlighten others to this condition which must be terrifying for those concerned. And as you say, it seems to be a condition that's been brushed aside and not given the serious attention it requires, for way too long.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


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Subject: Lyr Add: TALKING POST-TRAUMA BLUES (Tom Smith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 01:13 AM

TALKING POST-TRAUMA BLUES (PTSD)
As performed by Tom Smith on YouTube, ©2007.

I'm sittin' here on this front-porch swing.
My chest vibrates; my ears ring,
Wonderin' what the hell's the matter with me.
Inside o' my head it's like world war three,
Not just a little hazy.
I think I'm going crazy.
Others call me lazy,
Loser, wimp, coward.
I heard it all.

I lost my job, lost my wife,
Cut my wrist with a pocket knife.
I drive down the road to Walter Reed,
Thinkin' ev'ry mailbox I see is an IED.
They say: "You've got post-traumatic stress disorder."
They called it a hidden injury.
Not to me it ain't.

When the president comes in, he says: "Son,
Change your attitude; get up off your buns.
You gotta shake it off, walk through it,
Get up on your feet, put your mind to it."
So what he's saying is: it's mind over matter,
But what he's communicating is: your mind doesn't matter to me.

Mister president, with all due respect,
Let's talk disorders if I can talk direct.
I've been readin' about afflictions of mind.
I'll tell you about one of a different kind.
It's indicated by irrational thinking, confused language,
And an inability to empathize.
It's called presidential spongiform encephalopathy,
Also known as mad president's disease.

So he cocked his head, kind o' confused,
A little baffled, a bit bemused,
Then he held my hand to prove me wrong,
Make me feel better before he moved along.
"Son, you misunderestimate me.
I know what you're going through,
And I'm doing everything within my power to leave behind a more peaceful future."
What the hell does that mean?

So he shook my hand; I shook my head,
Leaving angry words unsaid.
A hidden injury! Fancy that!
I got a hidden outrage under my hat.
See, what I want to know is: with one in four of us coming home with hidden injuries,
What's gonna happen when our injuries run out o' places to hide?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Talking Post Trauma Blues (Tom Smith)
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 05:30 PM

Tom Smith writes great songs, whether they're pithy or filled with wry humor. He's also a fine performer and an all around really nice guy.

Glad I know him.

Linn


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