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Thread #31329   Message #2065302
Posted By: GUEST,Mike B.
31-May-07 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: Vietnam era protest songs
Subject: RE: Vietnam era protest songs
(Phil Ochs)

I'm just a typical American boy from a typical American town
I believe in God and Senator Todd and keeping old Castro down ...

I believe it was actually 'Senator Dodd', referring to Thomas Dodd of Connecticut. Ironically, he's the father of current Sen. Chris Dodd who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination as an outspoken opponent of Bush's Iraq war policies.

Other Vietnam protest songs - Pete Seeger's "Waste Deep In The Big Muddy", Tom Paxton's "Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation", Ochs' "The War Is Over." On the opposite (pro-war) side - Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" and "The Fightin' Side Of Me", Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets."

Not sure if Dylan wrote anything specifically addressing Vietnam - may have been done with protest music before US involvement there became a hugely divisive national issue.