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VIETNAM BLUES (Kris Kristofferson) Dave Dudley - 1965 I was on leave at the time, just duckin' the fog Nosin' around like a hungry dog In that crazy place called Washington DC I saw a crowd of people on the White House lawn All carryin' signs about Vietnam So I went over to see what was goin' on It was a strange lookin' bunch But then I never could understand some people Well, a fellah came to me with a list in his hand He said, "We're gatherin' names to send a telegram of sympathy" Then he handed me a pen I said, "I reckon this is goin' to the kids and the wives Of my friends over there who'd givin' their lives" He said "Uh-uh, buddy, this is goin' to Ho-Chi-Min" I said, "Ho-Chi who?" He said, "Ho-Chi-Min, People's leader, North Vietnam" Well, I wasn't real sure if I was hearin' him right So I thought I'd better move before I got in a fight 'Cause my ears were hurtin' and my pulse started hittin' a lick Then I thought about another telegram that I'd just read Tellin' my buddy's wife that her husband was dead And it wasn't too long till I was feelin' downright sick Another held a sign that said 'we won't fight' I thought to myself, "Boy, ain't that right! You'd rather let a soldier die instead" I said, "It's a shame that every man Who ever died there inthat far off land Was dyin' so that you wouldn't have to wake up dead" Course he looked at me like I was kinda crazy Just another warmonger Well, I left that place and I went downtown Hit the first bar that I found To cool myself off and pacify my brain You see I was on orders to Vietnam Little old place just north of Saigon Had about an hour to catch myself a plane So all I mean to say is, "I don't like dyin' either But man, I ain't gonna crawl!" (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - September 2010)


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