Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Green Green Grass of Home

Porter Wagner died Sunday. He wrote and sang The Green Green Grass of Home. When we were stationed in Turkey in 1965-1968, that was my favorite song. It was my first time out of the US. I was young and stayed home sick.
When we went to the movies, they played the national anthem and showed pictures of the states. They always showed great pictures of Florida.

We were stationed in Adana, Turkey which is a very backward area. The base maintained a bus for transportation to and from the base. We lived in an apartment complex that housed all Americans.

But it was close to the Mediterranean Sea. The base maintained a fuel depot there on the Mediterranean. We were allowed to visit on the week-ends, sleep on the beach and go swimming.

We combed through old ruins of castles on the tops of mountains. These ruins were in their natural state. Occasionally a few gypsy's would be found in the ruins. We were a stone's throw from Cyprus and Israel.

I should not have been so lonesome. There was so much to see. But when you are young it is hard to appreciate these things.

But Guyk, loving history like he does, went to the library and did a lot of reading on the area.

But you can't go back. The Turkey that we knew no longer exits. And our bodies will not allow us to climb mountains any more.


pamibe said...

I think that song touches something in all of us; I like it too. :)

Hammer said...

The Turkey you remember does sound nice.

I only remembered Tom Jones version of that song :)

JDP said...

It is great you have those memories.


Jan said...

Nickel..of all your posts, I think this is my favorite.

You have some good memories to cherish.

rockync said...

No matter where I roam, at the end of the journey, "It's so good to touch the green, green grass of home."
Eternal peace to you, Porter Wagner.
Thanks for the touching post, Nickel, I enjoyed hearing your memory.

The Hermit said...

I liked Turkey a lot too. Some of the Ionian Greek cities on the Turkish coast were completely isolated and very well preserved, great places to visit if hard to get to. I liked the Turks, too. I have some spirit lamps and samovars from Turkey to this day, not to mention Meerschaum Pipes.
No, you can't go back but it's pleasant to remember when we were young.
I liked old Porter too. Loved his outfits.

Jack said...

Glad you got you see the world, most spouses don't get the opportunity even if it means compound living. I get more cynical everyday, places I once wanted to visit or see no longer intrigue me.

Porter Waggoner was a constant even if he wasn't my favorite entertainer, he did have some good hits, especially his duets. I'll miss him.

NICKEL said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Memories are so powerful sometimes.
It's like watching a motion picture.

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