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Thread #17691   Message #1909055
Posted By: copperhead
13-Dec-06 - 11:18 PM
Thread Name: What are the best Vietnam era songs?
Subject: RE: What are the best Vietnam era songs?
I was in IVX Corps in the WAC ... got out in 1966...

It is NOT a folksong, but I remember when "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" could bring a bar full of otherwise gruff and tough airborne troops to silence and sometimes tears...

Also "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay ... watchin tha tiiiide ro-holll awaaaay"... '

Loved Joe Mcdonald as well ... "Come on ALLLL'a you BIG STRONG MEN.."

And Leonard Cohen's "Stranger Song" and "Story of Isaac" and Suzanne :

"It's true that all the men you knew were dealers who said
they were through with dealing every time you gave them shelter.
I know that kind of man, it's hard to hold the hand of anyone
Who's reaching for the sky just to surrender,
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender."

"You know I'm strong and holy,
...I will do what I've been told...."

"and you know that she's half crazy,
...but that's why you want to be there...

And of course the chorus of the Corps Anthem:

"Pallas Athena, Goddess of Vic-to-ry.
History tells your sto-ry brave...
And our own Statue of Liberty,
Shows what we've sworn to save..."

And the wonderfully acid and obcene marching cadences...

And the Unofficial anthem of the Airborne:

"Around her leg, she wore a yellow garter,
she wore it in the Spring time, in th early Month of May...
and When We asked her why in hell she wore it...
"I wear it for my trooper who is far, far awayaaaayyyy!"

Which actually
is music hall song that dates from at least just after the Civil War because it was also a Cavalry song from the horse soldier era...

And the adaptation of the old cowboy song that was another Animal Farm (The Big Red One) favorite:
"There was blood on the risers, and blood on the ground,
and great big puddles of blood, all around. That poor boy lay in it
all covered with gore, a trooper who'll never go jumpin no more."

And as I think of it, an authentic folk song,
"There is one kind favor I'll ask of you...
There is one kind favor I'll ask of you...
There is one kind favor, an I ask it now of yo-ou...
Won't you see that my grave is kept clean?

   My goodness. I've been thinking about people I haven't seen in 40 years ... I AM older than dirt! LOL