Part Music of the Vietnam War Era


Music for the study of the Vietnam War



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Music for the study of the Vietnam War
These lyrics are provided as a guide to the recorded songs. I encourage teachers to purchase the tapes, compact disks, etc. I offer the lyrics so that the students can clearly hear what was being said and sung. Some copyright issues remain, no doubt. I do not think this violates any reasonable copyright claims.
"I'm an Okie from Muskogee"
Merle Haggard
We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee.

We don't take our trips on LSD.

We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street.

We like living right and being free.


We don't make a party out of loving.

We like holding hands and pitching woo.

We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,

Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.


I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,

a place where even squares can have a ball.

We still wave "Old Glory" down at the Court House,

and white lightning's still the biggest thrill of all.


Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear.

Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen.

Football's still the roughest thing on campus,

and the kids here still respect the college dean.


I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,

a place where even squares can have a ball.

We still wave "Old Glory" down at the Court House,

and white lightning's still the biggest thrill of all.


We still wave "Old Glory" down at the Court House,

in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.


copyright © by Roy Burris and Merle Haggard

published by Shade Tree Music/ BMI 1972 Capitol Records


"The Fighting Side of Me"
Merle Haggard
I hear people talking bad about the way

they have to live here in this country.

Harping on the wars they fight and

griping about the ways things ought to be.

I don't mind them switching sides and

standing up for things they believe in.

When they're running down our country, man,

they are walking on the fighting side of me.


CHORUS:

They're walking on the fighting side of me.

Running down our way of life our fighting men

have fought and died to keep.

If you don't love it - leave it,

let this song that I am singing be a warning.

When you are running down our country, hoss,

then you are walking on the fighting side of me.


I read about some squirrely guy who claims

that he just don't believe in fighting

and I wonder just how long the rest of us

can count on being free.

They love our milk and honey,

but they preach about some other way of living.

When they are running down our country,

man, they're walking on the fighting side of me.


They're walking on the fighting side of me.

Running down our way of life our fighting men

have fought and died to keep.

If you don't love it - leave it!

Let this song that I am singing be a warning.

When you're running down our country, man -

you're walking on the fighting side of me.
Chorus-repeat
copyright © by Merle Haggard

published by Blue Book Music/ BMI 1972 Capitol Records



"The Ballad of the Green Berets"
SSgt. Barry Sadler, U.S. Army
Fighting soldiers from the sky,

fearless men who jump and die.

Men who mean just what they say,

the brave men of the Green Beret.


Silver wings upon their chest,

these are men, America's best.

One hundred men, we'll test today,

but only three, win the Green Beret.


Trained to live off Nature's land,

trained in combat - hand to hand.

Men who fight by night and day,

courage take, from the Green Beret.


Chorus:

Silver wings upon their chest,

these are men, America's best.

One hundred men, we'll test today,

but only three, win the Green Beret.
Back at home a young wife waits,

her Green Beret has met his fate.

He has died for those oppressed,

leaving her this last request.


"Put silver wings on my son's chest,

make him one of America's best.

He'll be a man they test one day.

Have him win, the Green Beret."


copyright © by SSgt. Barry Sadler/ ASCAP

1966 Radio Corporation of America

RCA Victor Records





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