Chart Position: 17

  • Written by Jim Croce
  • Guitar: Jim Croce and Maury Muehliesen
  • Keyboards: Tommy West
  • Produced by Terry Cashman and Tommy West
  • Backing vocals: Maury Muehliesen
  • Recorded in New York City NY
  • The song is autobiographical as it recalls Croce’s experiences serving in the National Guard as well as the ‘Dear John’ experiences of fellow soldiers whose lovers left them
  • The Martin Guitar Co. produced a line of 73 guitars to honor Croce, with a dime embedded in the third fret in honor of this song and the line “you can keep the dime”



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