Tall in the saddle, full of “True Grit”
He was the Western, and invented it.
All of the virtues, which manhood can claim-
Were rolled into one, they called him,,John Wayne.
Stagecoach, and Hondo, and even Big Jake
Chisum, the Shootist, our thirst these did slake.
Gunman, and Soldier, Indian scout, too-
It seems all the parts were made just for you.
Patriot! Hero! A man of the land-
The beaches of Iwo, to the bare desert sand-
As Crockett in Texas, he made his last stand.
I know with his passing, went more than a man-
A voice and an image, in life and on stage…
His name is writ large on America’s page.
The time of his zenith was more than a fluke…
We miss you Big John….”Here’s to the Duke”!
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