My Budweiser Billfold

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Story

A career sailor and I were sitting in a bar in 1970 when I was on active duty in the Navy stationed on an aircraft carrier, the USS WASP, working for an admiral who had been JFK’s personal Naval Aide. The petty officer was pretty well smashed and said to me, “Son, my girlfriend has a Scotch and water taste and I’ve got a Budweiser billfold!” I went back to the ship and wrote this song based on his story. Chris Rosser’s honky-tonk piano takes me back to that evening in the bar as I reflect on my conversation with that forlorn sailor. Our paths never crossed again, but I hope life dealt him some good cards!