Roll Call

Album: Roll Call (1967)
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  • To Annabel in Memphis
    It was just another day
    But her sweetheart and his buddies
    Died ten thousand miles away

    A Captain sadly walked the muddy bloody battlefield
    The smoke had cleared away and it was terrible and still
    In his pocket was a roster of the falling fighting men
    And the Captain had his orders, so the roll call begin

    Atkins Baker, Carter Calahan, Clement Jones, Johnson Moran
    McCoy, Perkins Rivers and Revere Stepherd, Thomas Wilson
    What can of you here

    The roll call was completed but no sign of life was there
    Not one man had answered not one accounted for
    He turned around and he walked away and looked up to the sky
    When he heard his own voice echo and the answer from on high

    Atkins
    (Here)
    Baker
    (Here)
    Carter
    (Here)

    Calahan
    (Here)
    Clement
    (Here)
    Jones
    (Here)

    Johnson
    (Here)
    Moran
    (Here)
    McCoy
    (Here)

    Perkins
    (Here)
    Rivers
    (Here)
    And Revere
    (Here)

    Stepherd
    (Here)
    Thomas
    (Here)
    Wilson
    (Yes sir, we're all here)

    We are present, sir and all accounted for

    Writer/s: BILLY JOE CARNAHAN
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Ashlee Smith from Republic MoBJ was my Uncle. Very cool guy, Glad to see people still share about him!
  • Steaphen from Santa Clara, CaI've got some boxes of 45s from my father. In it we have Roll Call with Rosanna's Going Wild on a Columbia label.
  • Howard from Santa Fe, NmSorry to hear about B. J. We kept in contact for several years but neglected to call each other. If anyone looks at this song and would like to see the plaque and my recolection of that time please go to www.hdeshazo.com - click on "Me 'n Sound" - "Close to Fame."
  • Greer from Kansas City, MoB.J. Carnahan suffered a stroke in May of 2007 at his home in Macks Creek, Missouri. The men mentioned in "Roll Call" were men from the Missouri Ozarks who died in the Vietnam War.
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