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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Ritchie
Date: 27 Feb 99 - 08:00 AM

Bill Withers recorded and I think actually wrote a great song called "I can't write left handed" Well worth a listen.

have a lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

Ritchie


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Will (inactive)
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 10:12 PM

It's worth getting a copy of Van Ronk's "Going back to Brooklyn" just for Luang Prabang. Dave's got the loudest growl you've ever heard for "now I'm fucking hero".


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Teresa
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 09:16 PM

Thank you, Roger--it's so good to hear from someone who's been there. Teresa


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOUCH A NAME ON THE WALL (Joel Mabus)^^
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:53 PM

This is my traditional song for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.

Touch a Name on the Wall
Joel Mabus

I guess you could call it our summer of freedom,
The year that we both turned 18.
We hitchhiked to Denver, fresh out of high school,
Man, we were sights to be seen.
That was the year that you dated my cousin,
'Til they took us away in the fall.
And Lord how I wish you were standing here with me,
As I touch your name on the wall.

CHO:
Touch a name on the wall,(2X)
Lord help us all, touch a name on the wall.

Each time I come here, I wear my fatigues,
To honor the men that I knew.
And I touch every name that came from my outfit,
And read 'em out loud when I do.
Some people say that they all died for nothin',
But I can't completely agree.
'Cause this brother here, he didn't die for no country,
He died for me. CHO:

Usually walls are just made for division,
They separate me from you.
But God bless the wall that brings us together,
And reminds us of what we've been through.
And God damn the liars and the tin-plated heroes,
That trade on the blood of these men.
And God give us the strength to stand up and tell 'em, Never again! CHO:

Roger in Baltimore SP5, 959th Quartermaster Detachment, 240th Quartermaster Battalion, First Logistics Division, Quin Nhon, VN, 1970 - 1971.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
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Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:27 PM

Come to think of it, and it has been years and years and years since I listened to it, didn't Alices Restaurant have a connection to the Viet Nam War? Something about having to go for a pre-induction physical, amongst his trash travails? Or am I confusing with something else?--John (not Jon)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: R. Driscoll
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:18 PM

Couple of more to add to the list.

Gordon Lightfoot song called "The Patriot Dream" from his Don Quixote album.

Phil Ochs wrote a number including "Draft Dodger Rag" and "Talking Vietnam".

Song called "Saigon Bride" by Joan Baez from her album "Joan", 1967.

John Denver did a couple. Think "Jimmy Newman" is one of the best. Another is "Readjustment Blues" from the Aerie album, 1971.

More obscure is a song call "(Still Waiting at) The Wall" written by Tim Murphy. Have this on a tape of Irish music by Pat Garvey. Beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Gene
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:18 PM

July 4th, one year [1991-1993 time frame]
TNN ran a video of this
and several other war related songs

50,000 NAMES
Words and music by Jamie O'Hara

Click here


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE'S A WALL IN WASHINGTON (I DeMent)^^
From: rich r
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 07:04 PM

One of the most powerful "new" songs about the Vietnam debacle--

THERE'S A WALL IN WASHINGTON
by Iris DeMent (copyright 1996 Songs of Iris)
As recorded by Iris DeMent on "The Way I Should" (1996)

There's a wall in Washington
And it's made of cold black granite
They say sixty thousand names are etched there in it
In that wall in Washington

A father, he traveled from far away
To walk the path till he finds that name
He reaches his hand up and traces each letter
The tears they fall as his memories gather
For the boy who filled his heart with pride
Is now but a name that's been etched in the side
Of this wall in Washington.

There's a wall in Washington

A mother, she traveled from far away
To walk the path till she finds that name
She reaches her hand up and traces each letter
The tears they fall as her memories gather
She feels the baby at her breast
But her heart it breaks because all that is left
Is this wall in Washington.

There's a wall in Washington

A boy, he traveled from far away
To walk the path till he finds that name
He reaches his hand up and traces each letter
He stares at the name of his unknown father
His heart is young and it's filled with pain
In anger he cries out "Who is to blame
For this wall in Washington
That's made of cold black granite
Why is my father's name etched here in it,
In this wall in Washington?"

There's a wall in Washington
There's a wall in Washington.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Night Owl
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 07:03 PM

Gordon Lightfoot recorded a song that was an accurate accounting of an event that happened in Canada at the time of the war. Unfortunately, can't remember the title but have the album here.....somewhere...if you're interested I'll look for it over the weekend, unless someone else knows the title. Thanks Big Mick for the song...and the reality we forget too easily.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 06:54 PM

If you try a DT search for @Vietnam, you'll find about 30 hits.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: rich r
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 06:11 PM

Jimmy Newman is by Tom Paxton. It is on several of his recordings: "#6", "The Compleat Tom Paxton", "The Very Best of Tom Paxton", and "The Best of Tom Paxton". The latter 2 are CD's

There is also a recording of the song by Fred Holstein on an album called "Gathering At The Early Of Old Town", originally an LP on the Mountain Railroad label and recently reissued on CD.

It is also on John Denver's "Take Me To Tomorrow " album

rich r


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Teresa
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 06:08 PM

The song Alison referred to was recorded by the Australian group Red Gum. It is the only Vietnam war song I've heard about the Australian perspective. Does anyone know of any more? Didn't Australians fight in Vietnam? Teresa


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 05:11 PM

One of my all time favourite singers, John Herald, from Woodstock NY, recorded a beautiful song call "Dear Sam" a few years ago. I believe it was about Vietnam, and unfortunately once again focused on some poor guy who was left crippled by the war.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: bill\sables
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 05:08 PM

The vietnam song that impressed me most was "Jimmy Newman" I'm not sure who wrote it but I heard it form a recording By John Denver


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Bert
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 05:06 PM

Alison,

you should have said 'festival I'm off to the mountains'

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: alison
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 05:02 PM

Hi,

There's one called "I was only 19".. good song (think it's Australian)... can't remember the words (although I think it has been posted before... don't have time to look I'm off to the mountains for a festival."

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 04:06 PM

Don't feel bad there Reggie, Pat Sky had several with probably the best being "Jimmy Clay"

I've been following this thread with interest. As Rick Fielding pointed out the other day, there were plenty of songs for people on both sides of the fence to bolster spirits no matter where you stood. It's hard to read Mick's song without being moved; I certainly was. How can you not share the empathy? But VietNam was not WWII and you cannot separate the politics of it from the tragic waste. The traumatic stress cases from VietNam were so much higher percentage wise because in the final analysis, the "why" was missing.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Matthew Bram
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 02:33 PM

Anne -

I hate to say this, but this is the only song I ever heard my friends bring back from Nam.

When Johnny comes home in a plastic bag, Hurrah, Hurrah.

When Johnny comes home in a plastic bag, Hurrah, Hurrah.

When Johnny comes home in a plastic bag, We'll all turn out in the streets and gag

And we'll all be dead by Christmas time next year.

Hey, I'm not making this up.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Reggie Miles
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 02:03 PM

My apologies I'm afraid I misquoted Daves antiwar song. It's a good one to check out Anne. Just type Dave Van Ronk in the search the data base area.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Reggie Miles
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 01:40 PM

I just spent a minute looking up Dave Van Ronk in the data base. It seems Luang Prabang is his song. Should have done that in the first place but I wasn't sure it was his. His answer to whimpy protest songs. Reggie


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Reggie Miles
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 01:20 PM

A favorite song of mine is one that I first heard Patrick Sky sing. I can't remember the title but I know it's on one of the two albums he recorded. Not on the one I own though. It's a minor keyed march or durge that starts like this.

When I got back from Luang Prabang, I had air in my pants where my balls used to hang and they gave me a medal and a good harang and now I'm a fuckin' hero.

Mourn your dead land of the free, if you want to be a hero follow me, mourn your dead land of the free, if you want to be a hero follow me.

Reggie Miles


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Wolfgang
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 09:06 AM

great song, Mick

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: AFTER THE WAR^^
From: Big Mick
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:58 AM

Interesting to see the perspective of all of you on this. I have been through several phases on this. I prefer not to go into details, but my feelings on this are a bit raw and difficult. I suppose I avoid doing songs that take a position on the legitamacy/illegitimacy of that war and instead just deals with the horrific details of war. Not Vietnam related, but Bogle's "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "The Green Field's of France" are examples of what I mean. The best song of this type that I have heard from my war, was done by a tremendous singer/songwriter from Colorado by the name of Tim Irvine. I sing it a few times a year for my brothers and sisters from that conflict. The song is called "After The War". Here are the lyrics:

AFTER THE WAR

My name is Billy Johnson, Indiana's my state.
I turned 21 back in '68.
Drafted into the army, sent to Fort Leonard Wood.
When I left my hometown I prayed it wasn't for good.

His name was Hector Gonzalez, from San Jose.
We got stuck with KP, the very first day.
After peelin' potatoes for hours on end,
Hector and I were the closest of friends.

When they put us on a troop jet, and flew us to 'Nam,
Some guy stood up in the back and read the twenty-third psalm.
He talked about walkin' through that valley of death,
I said Hector I'm scared, He said "just take a deep breath".

When we got off the plane and our assignments came in,
I got sent to Pleiku, he got sent to Long Binh.
He hugged me goodbye and turned around at the door,
And he said, "Don't forget look me up, after the war".

About three months later, He wrote me a letter,
He said some days are rough and some days are better,
And a kid named gilardo we knew from basic training,
Was missing in action up north, by the way, i meant what i said before;
Don't forget to look me up, after the war.

I was out on patrol in the spring of '69,
I stepped on a trip wire, took some shrapnel from a mine.
Spent the rest of my tour in a hospital bed,
With a pin in my leg, and a plate in my head.

On the plane ride home I thought of all I'd been through,
I'd lived nine lives and I was just 22
And I thought about Hector and what I'd promised before,
And I planned to look him up,Right after the war.

Twenty-one years later in Washington DC,
I was there on vacation with my family.
I went out to that park to see that wall
And face up to a past I didn't want to recall.

First I looked for that guy that Hector wrote me about,
He wasn't on the list, I guess he lucked out.
Then my eyes caught a name at the top of the page,
Corporal Hector Gonzalez, 21 years of age

My throat got tight, my mouth went dry.
I looked up at that wall and I started to cry.
And the memories hit me like incoming fire,
From a time when we were so-o-o young,
Hector wavin' at me from the door,
Sayin' don't forget to look me up, after the War.

I lay awake some nights, I can still hear the guns,
Still hear the screams, I can still taste the blood.
I can still see Hector wavin' goodbye from the door,
Sayin' "Don't Forget To Look Me Up, After The War"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Neil Lowe (inactive)
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:11 AM

John Prine's "Sam Stone" would marginally fit into this category, I think.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Ritchie
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:08 AM

'Feel like I'm fixing to die rag' Country joe and the Fish

love and happiness an I don't give a damn.

Ritchie


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Wolfgang
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 08:05 AM

"Fields of Vietnam" on the Mick Moloney record "We have met together"

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: AndyG
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 07:56 AM

Anne,
Not perhaps what you want, being a protest and not from a soldiers PoV, but it is a great song and in the database, PENNY EVANS.

AndyG


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Subject: Lyr Add: JUNGLE BELLS^^
From: Banjer
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 07:14 AM

The one song that sticks in my mind about that era is the parody of Jingle Bells. It is called, "Jungle Bells"

Dashing through the mud, in a Jeep that should be junk
O'er the roads we go, half of us are drunk
Wheels on dirt roads bounce, making asses sore
Lord I'd rather go to hell than finish out this tour.

Chorus:
Jungle bells, mortar shells, VC in the grass
We'll get no Merry Christmas cheer until this year has passed
Jungle bells, mortar shells, VC in the grass
Take your Merry Christmas cheer and shove it up your ass.

Christmas time is here, as everybody knows
People think it's dear, GI's think it blows
All at home are gay, children are at play
While we stuck out here so goddamn far away.

The moral of this song, it's plain as it can be
Please no midnight carols sing, and screw your Christmas tree
There's one thing left to say, before we have to leave
Vietnam is not the place to be on Christmas Eve


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: dwditty
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 05:50 AM

Don't forget Tom Paxton's "Talkin' Vietnam Pot Luck Blues"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: rich r
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 12:18 AM

Look for the following:

CD - "In Country: Folk Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War" (Flying Fish, FF70552, 1991) contains 27 songs by various artists.

book - "Singing The Vietnam Blues: Songs of the Air Force in Southeast Asia" by Joseph F. Tuso. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX, 1990. ISBN 0-89096-383-5 or 0-89096- 455-6 paperback . This book contains 148 song lyrics.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: anna
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 12:09 AM

There's a moving song on Don McLean's "American Pie" album called "The Grave." It begins:

"The grave that they dug him had flowers/ Gathered from the hillside in bright summer colors/ And the brown earth bleached white at the edge of his gravestone/ He's gone. But eternity knows him/ And knows what he's done..."


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Gene
Date: 26 Feb 99 - 12:04 AM

Hi Anne..here's a few I have...
Ballads of the Green Berets/SSgt Barry Sadler
Title Song/+ Letter From Vietnam/I'm a Lucky One/
Garet Trooper/The Soldier Has Come Home/
Saigon/Salute to the Nurses/Lullaby/
I'm Watching the Raindrops Fall/
Badge of Courage/Trooper's Lament/Bamiba/

Other songs are: Hello Vietnam/Dear Uncle Sam/
Bring Our Soldiers Home/What We're Fighting For/
Special Forces/Whirly Bird Crew/The U. S. Rangers/
The Men In The Green Fatigues/The Fighting 101st/
Major Todd [of the Green Berets]/Sam From Vietnam/
The Young Soldiers/I'll Say Goodbye to Vietnam/
The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley/War Baby/
Wars and Wars/Till We Bring Our Johnnies Home/
Jungle War/Why Doesn't Someone Write to Me/
Tell The Folks I Miss 'em/Goodbye Curly Head/
Don't Worry, Just Pray It's All Worth Fighting For/
It's Got to be Done/Over in Vietnam/LBJ and Liberty/
and more....a few may not be Vietnam related..

And a 2nd LP by S/Sgt Barry Sadler...have to dig out the title and song list...
And Kris Kristofferson hosted a tribute show
on PBS-Austin City Limits a few years ago,
of former Vietnam veterans singing parodies of
popular songs woven around events in Vietnam
Jolly Green is one I remember about the chopper
rescue/pickup crews...and Incoming and some
I don't remember the titles of at the moment
I have that also...


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From: ddw in windsor
Date: 25 Feb 99 - 11:57 PM

Hi Anne,

I'm not at home so I can't lay my hands on it at the moment, but I have a songbook called Songs of the Vietnam War or something like that. It might be a few days, but if you keep this thread active I'll get the particulars on it and post it the next time I'm into the 'Cat chat.

ddw


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Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
From:
Date: 25 Feb 99 - 11:50 PM

Hardly a protest song, "The Ballad of the Green Berets"--John (not Jon)


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Subject: Songs about Vietnam War
From: Anne
Date: 25 Feb 99 - 11:05 PM

I'm looking for songs about the Vietnam War. Titles, Snatches of lyrics having to do with the Veterans. Perhaps there was another thread about this? I'm looking for more than protest songs. Thanks, Anne


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