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Music of Vietnam

Tori--For the book. Do I need to give song credit to John Denver in an epigram in I?  Music of Vietnam encompasses lots of music of the era.   That's why the  Roman numeral I, II .   I am researching more songs of that era to write about. The music of this time was a huge deal for soldiers while in war.  John is VALUABLE for this knowledge too.  We Gotta Get of This Place was THE signature song in VN. That's why I mention it more than once.  II  is a mixture of song titles and lyric lines--do I need to call that out in the title?

         Music of Vietnam
              Leaving on a Jet Plane, Written by John Denver,
Leaving on a Jet Plane

Peter, Paul and Mary’s
signature song for going to Vietnam
resonated through the Coliseum
in Madison to a packed house,
their three-hour concert
gave us an evening of unity
for our youthful ideals of
peace, love, harmony, justice.
They gave so generously,
in concert, encores, and more encores,
then invited us to the campus
for a sing-in, an all-night vigil. 
I sat up with Peter, Paul and Mary,
goosebumped, singing, crying,
for the war to be over, hoping peace
would be, Blowin’ in the wind.


Top Ten Songs of Vietnam, a Found Poem

 We Gotta Get Out of This Place
You'll be dead before your time is due
I Feel Like I’m Fixin to Die

1,2,3,  what are we fighting for
don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
next stop Vietnam
We Gotta Get Out of This Place

head to the Green, Green, Grass of Home
leave behind this Chain of Fools
so we can be (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay
We’ve mailed The Letter
From the land of Purple Haze
I am a Fortunate Son to be
Leavin’ on  a Jet Plane for Detroit City
All my bags are packed I’m ready to go.
We gotta get out of this place

If it's the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
'cause girl, there's a better life for me and you

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