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In honor of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Lucey (1981-2004)


I would like to tell you all about a young man named Jeffrey Lucey. The third song on my new album is called “One Falcon Down”. The song is about Jeffrey.

One day, several years ago, I was driving to work just like any of you would be. I had the radio on and was channel surfing. That morning I happened to stop at Amy Goodman’s morning radio program “Democracy Now”. It was just before the seven o’clock hour when I caught the tail end of Amy interviewing a husband and wife about the death of their son. The description was so harrowing, so unforgettable that I ended up looking up the interview on the “Democracy Now” website shortly afterward.

It turns out Amy had been interviewing Jeffrey’s parents, Kevin and Joyce Lucey. Their son Jeffrey had been part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and had been present during the first few months of the occupation. To be brief, Jeffrey returned home, developed a terrible case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and ended up taking his own life in June of 2004.

Three years later during the holiday season of 2007 I found myself writing a song about Jeffrey and what had happened to him. It’s important to note that I had been vehemently against the war and not just because the occupation began to go poorly. I was totally against it before it began, when it began and after it began. I had been totally unconvinced by the Bush administration’s case for Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction and was just as unconvinced by the allegation of collusion between Hussein and Osama bin Laden over September 11, 2001. I mixed Jeffrey’s story together with my own anti-war sentiments. The result was “One Falcon Down”.

Recently, I have had the honor to be in contact with the Lucey family. I hope to write more about this subject and the problem of PTSD that is currently plaguing the American military in the future…because Jeffrey was just like any other young man. As I wrote in the song, he could have been anybody’s brother or child.

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