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GUEST,Owlkat What are the best Vietnam era songs? (80* d) RE: What are the best Vietnam era songs? ***PG 13 13 Dec 06


Cher y'all,
One song that has always stuck in my head is sung by Ed Van Ronk and was recorded in the 60's on Folkways (I think, don't quote me on that) It sounds like something Patrick Sky might have written, but again, I have no documentation.

I listened to it on a borrowed record about 35 years ago, and it has been with me ever since, but please forgive me if the words have gotten a little gibbled over the years. So have I, for that matter.
PG 13 warning!! Warning !! Warning !! Warning!! Danger Will Robinson!!

The language is kind of rough, but then again, so was Dave. The times were angry and confused, and not everyone used the poetry of Buffy Ste. Marie, Phil Ochs, or Peter Paul and Mary to express their horror, outrage, and grief...

Luang Prabang
When I got back from Luang Prabang
I didn't have a thing where my balls used to hang
But I got a fancy medal and a long harangue
And now I'm a fuckin' hero

CH:
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

Amid the cannon's bloody thunder
Tearing the air and the ground asunder
For a patriotic ball-less wonder
Now I'm a fuckin' hero.

And now the boys all envy me
I fought for Christian Democracy
With nothing but air where my balls used to be
And now I'm a fuckin' hero

In Luang Prabang there is a spot
Where the corpses of your brothers rot
And everyone is a patriot
And everyone is a hero

Thank you,
Owlkat


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