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    These two songs played back to back on the local radio station today among a group of similar songs. I have to admit I wasn't expecting this particular combination on memorial day. It does reflect much of the mentality of the city I live in though.




    Any one can make additions, Green Beret or Star Spangled Banner or Woody Guthrie, whatever you like.
     
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    The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
    in the ranks of death you'll find him.
    His father's sword he hath girded on,
    and his wild harp slung behind him.

    "Land of song," said the warrior bard,
    though all the world betrays thee.
    One sword at least, thy rights shall gaurd,
    one faithful harp shall praise thee.

    The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chains
    could not bring this proud soul under.
    The harp he loved never spoke again,
    for he tore its cords asunder.

    And said no chains shall sully thee,
    the sword of love and bravery,
    Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
    they shall never sound in slavery.
     
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    This is about 9/11

    When the Eagle Cries
    Music & Lyrics by Jon Schaffer

    Another day just like any other
    Out of the blue it turned to horror
    How could they?
    Why would they?
    The innocent suffered hell’s inferno
    A senseless act that goes unforgotten
    How could they?
    They will pay

    Chorus
    When the eagle cries
    Blood will flow
    When the eagle cries
    For freedom’s fight
    When the eagle cries
    We love her so
    When the eagle cries
    We will sacrifice

    Out of the ashes came a tempting vengeance
    But we are focused, we seek redemption
    We are free
    We’ll stay free
    All they’ve done is make us stronger
    The sleeping giant is asleep no longer
    If need be
    We’ll die free

    Chorus
    When the eagle cries
    Blood will flow
    When the eagle cries
    For freedom’s fight
    When the eagle cries
    We love her so
    When the eagle cries
    We will sacrifice
     
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    This one is about the Revolutionary War.

    Declaration Day
    Music & Lyrics by Jon Schaffer

    A desperate situation
    Forced to retaliation
    The task ahead a burden
    Men will suffer, that’s for certain
    We’ll charge into the fire
    The cause, we must inspire
    We raise our fists to tyranny
    A high price, freedom is not free

    The odds are stacked against us
    But with our resolve relentless
    And arrogance their weakness
    Our cause is just, we won’t be beaten
    Upon this declaration
    Will come a brand new nation
    Where men are seen as equal
    Governed by and for the people

    Chorus
    So we make our stand and pray
    On this Declaration Day
    For independence I will fight
    With liberty I will defy
    So we make our stand and pray
    On this Declaration Day
    Give me liberty or give me death
    I’ll fight ‘til my last breath

    With virtue as our beacon
    Our cause is charged as treason
    Battleworn and starving
    Through the hell of war we’ll keep marching
    The birth of our new nation
    An act of desperation
    We’ll force King George down to his knees
    Capitulation

    Chorus
    And so we make our stand and pray
    On this Declaration Day
    For independence I will fight
    With liberty I will defy
    So we make our stand and pray
    On this Declaration Day
    Give me liberty or give me death
    I’ll fight ‘til my last breath
     
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    This one is about the Revolutionary War.

    Valley Forge
    Music & Lyrics by Jon Schaffer

    Close your eyes and imagine
    The soldier at Valley Forge
    The suffering that he endured was real
    Starvation, total war
    Yet in his eyes, the iron will to win
    And for the cause he won’t relent

    Standing barefoot, frozen bloody hands
    His musket clutched, an iron grip
    For the cause he has but one regret
    That he’s only got one life to give

    Chorus
    Would he look upon us now
    In anger and disgust?
    His providence, our birthright and our creed
    Will we let ignorance and laziness
    Bring our demise?
    Complacency, we’re blinded by our greed

    It’s time for us to open up our eyes
    And cherish the lives we all can have
    And to the ones who’ve kept our freedom free
    Words can’t express all that you have done

    Chorus
    Would he look upon us now
    In anger and disgust?
    His providence, our birthright and our creed
    Will we let ignorance and laziness
    Bring our demise?
    Complacency, we’re blinded by our greed
     
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    This one is for Vietnam:

    Country Joe and the Fish - I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die

    Yeah, come on all of you, big strong men,
    Uncle Sam needs your help again.
    He's got himself in a terrible jam
    Way down yonder in Vietnam
    So put down your books and pick up a gun,
    We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.

    And it's one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for ?
    Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam;
    And it's five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
    Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

    Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
    Your big chance has come at last.
    Gotta go out and get those reds —
    The only good commie is the one who's dead
    And you know that peace can only be won
    When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

    And it's one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for ?
    Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam;
    And it's five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain't no time to wonder why
    Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

    Huh!

    Well, come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
    Why man, this is war au-go-go.
    There's plenty good money to be made
    By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
    Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
    They drop it on the Viet Cong.

    And it's one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for ?
    Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam.
    And it's five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain't no time to wonder why
    Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

    Well, come on mothers throughout the land,
    Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
    Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
    Send 'em off before it's too late.
    Be the first one on your block
    To have your boy come home in a box.

    And it's one, two, three
    What are we fighting for ?
    Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam.
    And it's five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
    Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
     
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    A lot of great music was made during Vietnam, including the songs I posted.

    "The rock and roll war...
    To most of us, the Vietnam War has a rock and roll soundtrack. Almost every novel, memoir or oral history of the war by a veteran mentions the music that the author listened to in country. All the songs of the sixties were part of life in the combat zone; troops listened to music in the bush and in the bunkers (Perry 1968). Sony radios, Akai stereos and Teac tape decks were easily available, American music was performed live by the ubiquitous Filipino rock bands, AFVN Radio broadcast round the clock, and new troops arrived weekly with the latest records from the states. GI-operated underground radio stations, playing mostly hard acid rock, were part of the in-country counterculture of the war. Even the enemy contributed to the sound of American music on the airwaves; Radio Hanoi played rock and soul music, while a series of soft-voiced, Oxford-accented women announcers known collectively to the troops as Hanoi Hannah competed with AFVN disk jockey Chris Noel for the hearts and minds of the American soldiers. The troops had their own top forty, of songs about going home, like "Five Hundred Miles," or "Leaving on a Jet Plane," or of darker or more cynical album cuts which reflected their experiences: "Run Through the Jungle," "Bad Moon," "Paint it Black," or "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." References to popular music are an integral part of the language of the war: "Puff the Magic Dragon" or "Spooky" meant a cargo plane outfitted with machine guns, "rock and roll" fire from an M-16 on full automatic. But there were other songs in Vietnam, too 310 kb -- the songs made by the American men and women, civilians and military, who served there, for themselves."

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    Country Joe and the Fish? They're still alive and kicking:

    Cakewalk to Baghdad
    Lyrics and music by Bruce Barthol © 2003
    I remember back, before we whacked Iraq
    I was watching the news, were we gonna attack?
    A man named Richard Perle came on and talked
    He said going to Baghdad would be a cakewalk

    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad

    It went real easy,
    Took a couple of weeks
    Tore down that statue
    Set those Saddamites free
    The frogs and the krauts, they feel real bad,
    'Cause they missed out cakewalkin' into Baghdad

    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad

    Next we're gonna cakewalk into Teheran,
    Gonna cakewalk to Damascus and Pyong-yin-yang
    When we strut on in,
    They're all gonna cheer
    They'll be wavin' old glory,
    We'll have kegs of beer, just like that...

    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad

    Now moms and dads don't worry 'bout
    Your soldier boys and girls
    We're just sending them cakewalkin'
    'Round the world
    When the coffins come home and the flag unfurls
    Cheer for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Perle

    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad
    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad

    Are we gonna see those Bush boys patrollin' the streets
    Like our soldiers got to do in Basram and Tikrit?
    We gonna see Richard Perle cakewakin' 'round
    The streets and alleys of Baghdad town?

    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad
    Cakewalk to Baghdad,
    Cakewalk to Baghdad

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