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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
I was recently thinking about songs about Vietnam. I think this was following on from the death of Mohammad Ali.
Anyway the first one that immediately sprung to mind was Vietnam by the great Jimmy Cliff.
Whilst not directly attacking the war it is definitely an anti-war song and highlights the impact war has on families.
Due to abject laziness on my part I have not scoured the shelves for other songs namechecking Vietnam.
Rather I have opted for another Jimmy Cliff number.
However, when you see what it is I am not anticipating too many objections.
Jimmy Cliff - Vietnam
Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers to Cross
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Does Joe Tex's song IBelieve I'm Going To Make namecheck Vietnam?ReplyDelete
It does indeed George and has been posted before in a post extolling the brilliance of A Soldier's Sad SongDelete
And absolutely no objections to today's choicesReplyDelete
Check out Johnny & Jon's 'Christmas In Vietnam', CC: brilliant tune!ReplyDelete
Also New Order once did a cover of that Cliff/Vietnam - tune, rather a fine one at that, I would think ...
Christmas in Vietnam is indeed a fine tune Dirk and one which has featured beforeDelete
It also is on the Kent compilation A Soldier's Sad Song which is highly recommended
Dirk, that's me and you told! We'll have to try again, it seemsReplyDelete
I Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die, by COuntry Joe and The FishReplyDelete
Don't have itDelete
I Can't Write Left-Handed by Bill WithersReplyDelete
Previously featured on same post as Joe Tex along with Sam Stone by Swamp DoggDelete
The two that immediately sprung to mind were 'Commando' by The Ramones and 'Born in the USA' by Bruce Springsteen, though the latter doesn't actually namecheck Vietnam directly.ReplyDelete
Having said all that, your own selections today are pretty darned great.
I've been thinking about doing a Top Ten Vietnam Songs for ages, but too much choice always puts me off. Beyond your own choice and Bruce and Bill above, I'd have to include John Grant, The Doors (obviously!) and Billy Joel's incredible Goodnight Saigon.ReplyDelete
That's you half way there Rol!Delete