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Thread #9359   Message #3703410
Posted By: Jim Carroll
21-Apr-15 - 01:13 PM
Thread Name: Songs about Vietnam War
Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
Sung to tune of Robert Cinnamond's 'Napoleon Bonepart - still one of the bbest
Jim Carroll

Fields of Viet Nam
Ewan MacColl

1 O brothers, though were strangers and your land and mine far apart,
And though your name lies awkwardly and strange upon my tongue,
As the needle's drawn towards the pole, so I am drawn both heart and soul,
To sing of your great struggle in the fields of Viet Nam.

2 Your barefoot farmers would not wear the yoke and chains of slavery,
For four long bitter years they fought the armies of Japan -
Your flesh opposed their armoured might,
You harried them by day and night,
And you drove them from the jungles and the fields of Viet Nam.

3 Before you could draw peaceful breath, more death came raining from the skies,
The French came and for nine more years your land they overran,
But the enemy could not subdue,
They broke at Dien Bien Phu,
And their dead lay all around them in the fields of Viet Nam.

4 The French had scarcely left your shores when more invading armies came,
Equipped with all the latest tools men use to kill a man;
"We've come to show you," was their cry
All the ways a man can die
And we'll make a bloody desert of the fields of Viet Nam."

5 The skies by day were dark with planes, with hungry flames the nights were red,
The stench of death lay all around with reek of spent napalm,
Death bloomed in every paddy field
And still your people would not yield
To American invaders in the fields of Viet Nam.

6 For thirteen years the U.S. Army's sown your soil with blood and tears,
Impartially they deal out death to woman, child and man,
But still no victory - instead
They count their own dishonoured dead,
And contempt's their only harvest in the fields of Viet Nam.

7 O brothers, where did you find strength to fight so long in freedom's cause?
A quarter-century has passed since first your fight began;
Long have you fought, and valiantly
And as long as men love liberty
They will sing of your great stuggle in the fields of Viet Nam.