Makes a great gift for Vietnam Veterans

LYRICS: “One morning at breakfast I said to my wife
“We’ve been everywhere once and some places twice
As I had another helping of country ham
She said, “We ain’t never been to Vietnam
There’s a bunch of our boys over there”
So, we went to the Orient, Saigon

Well, we got a big welcome when we drove in
Through the gates of a place that they call Long Ben
We checked in and everything got kinda quite
But a soldier boy said, Just wait ’til tonight

Things get noisy, things start happening
Big bad firecrackers
Well, that night we did about four shows for the boys
And they were livin’ it up with a whole lot of noise

We did our last song for the night
Then we crawled into bed for some peace and quite
But things weren’t peaceful and things weren’t quite
Things were scary

Well, for a few minutes June never said one word
And I thought at first that she hadn’t heard
Then a shell exploded not two miles away
She sat up in bed and I heard her say, What was that?

I said “That was a shell or a bomb”
She said, “I’m scared”, I said, “Me too”
Well, all night long that noise kept on
And the sound would chill you right to the bone
The bullets and the bombs and the motor shells

Shook our bed every time one fell and it never let up
It was gonna get worse before it got any better
Well when the sun came up the noise died down
We got a few minutes sleep and we were sleeping sound

Then a soldier knocked on our door and said
“Last night we brought in seven dead and fourteen wounded”
And would we come down to the base hospital
And see the boys, yeah

So we went to the hospital ward by day
And every night we were singing away
Then the shells and the bombs until dawn again
And the helicopters brought in a wounded man

Night after night, day after day, coming and a going
So we sadly sang for them our last song
And reluctantly we said so long
We did our best to let them know that we cared

For every last one of them it’s over there
Whether we belonged over there or not
Somebody over here loves them and needs them

Well, now that’s about all there is to tell
About that little trip into living hell
And if I ever go back over there anymore
Hope there’s none of our boys there for me to sing for
I hope that war’s over with and they all come back home
To stay in peace”

ABOUT THE SONG: Vietnam Talking Blues was first released as a single in volatile times. It was very successful and even peaked as #3 on the top US Country charts

Singing In Vietnam Talking Blues by Johnny Cash


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