Interpretations:Thankful For Your Service
A little obsolete on-the-nose interpretation for ya
The song basically compares being forced to house a soldier with having a crappy roommate who steals you're clearly labelled food and soaks your slippers. Back in the day, the inconvenience must have been a lot worse for the citizen in question, but the message comes across nonetheless. The guy obviously respects the soldier and wants to help him, but basically living in a diner and sleeping on a sleeping bag in your own home is too much to ask. Richards on Richards 12:01, October 3, 2018
Just want to make a note that the sleeping bag line comes from the song Gentle on my Mind, probably most famously sung by the late Glen Campbell. Anon, 12/12/2018
Naturally on being assigned to sing about our Constitutional right to reject forced hosting, Linnell thinks of someone who must endure that indignity while suffering from social anxiety disorder. This humble man expresses the resignation and self-erasure typical of his kind. In 1766 he (anachronisticly) finds his refrigerator raided & his comfy slippers waterlogged, but instead of going into a rage he presents an ineffectual whine. He shrinks his space and even leaves his house to make room for the intruders, all the while offering them "gratitude" - an attitude not prevalent among his fellow colonists.
What is most touching is how he hastens to ensure his guests that he does not place himself above them. The way Linnell draws out the word "wo-o-o-o-ord" dramatizes the man's excruciating ache to avoid giving offense. This reminds me so much of the Beach Boys song Wouldn't It Be Nice - at the point where Brian Wilson extends the high note on "ne-e-e-e-ever ending" - that I can't help but imagine Linnell is recalling that historic pop moment of unbearable longing. --Nehushtan (talk) 09:42, 11 December 2019 (EST)