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"I WAS THERE"

SIDE BY SIDE,I WILL NOT FLINCH
NOT A STEP BACK, NOT ONE INCH

I'LL TAK'EM ON ONE BY ONE, SOUND THE CALL
BRING'EM ALL AT ONCE, I'LL WATCH'EM FALL

I AM AN AMERICAN SOLDER,THAT'S WHAT IAM
I ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AND WENT TO VIET NAM

IT WAS SO HOT AND HUMID THERE
OLD ONES SAT WITH THE 1,000 YARD STARE

THE JUNGLE WAS SO THICK, LOST , YOU DID NOT DARE
BUT MANY TIMES WE DID, CHOPPERS COULD BARELY SEE OUR FLARE

WE MOVED SWIFT, SILENT, AND DEADLY
MOVED AS ONE ,  AS IN A MEDLEY

AMBUSHES WERE SET UP IN A HASTE
HUMANS WERE KILLED, WHAT A WASTE

I WAS THERE A YEAR, IT WAS LONG
MY JOB WAS TO KILL, THE VIET CONG

SOME BRAVES ONES ROSE ABOVE THE REST
GENERALS PINNED MEDALS ON THEIR CHEST

MANY WERE KILLED, THEIR NAMES ON A WALL
THE WOUNDED WHEEL, CHAIRS DOWN THE HALL

HOME AT COLLEGES, THE WAR WAS A DRAG
NOW THAT THE WAR, STARTED TO LAG

THE WAR'S NOT OVER FOR MANY, YOU SEE
THEY STILL NEED TREATMENT; HEAR OUR PLEA

OFF WITH MY UNIFORM, AWAY IT WENT
NOW ON A COMPUTER, I MAKE MY VENT

" I WILL NOT SEND YOUR BOYS TO WAR "

I CAN CAN STILL HEAR HIM NOW
BUT IN 68 HE HAD TO TAKE A BOW

THE VETS OF THAT WAR, THE PEOPLE DID NOT CARE
EVEN NOW, THEY'ER OLD, AND HAVE LITTLE HAIR

I STAND PROUD TODAY AND SALUTE OUR TROOPS
NOT THE DEMOCRATS, SEE HOW LOW THEY STOOP

THAT'S OUR FAMILY! THE COUNTRY'S YOUTH
THEY BLAST OUR SOLDERS ; THEY HAVE NO COOTH

ITS COME FULL CIRCLE; HISTORY WILL BARE
NOT ALL WILL SUPPORT, REMEMBER, I WAS THERE

Freddy Swan, July 2007


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