Born in the USA

Ook “The Boss”, Bruce Springsteen, verwijst in één van zijn songs, namelijk ‘Born in the USA’ naar de Vietnam-oorlog met verwijzingen als ‘ … to go and kill the yellow man …’ en ‘I had a brother at Khe Sanh Fighting off the Viet Cong’.

“Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up

Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.

Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.

Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man said “son if it was up to me”
Went down to see my V.A. man
He said “son, don’t you understand”

I had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They’re still there, he’s all gone

He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I’m ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run ain’t got nowhere to go

Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., I’m a long gone daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., I’m a cool rocking daddy in the U.S.A.”

Hieronder een YouTube-filmpje waarin Bruce Springsteen deze song vertolkt

Liedjes over de Vietnam-oorlog

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Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
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Iconische Foto’s

1963 - Boedhistische monnik steekt zichzelf in brand als protest tegen de Vietnam-oorlog
1968 - Terchtstelling van een Vietcong-gevangene in Saigon - 1 februari
Slachtoffers van de My Lai massamoord
1972 - 8 juni - Kim Phuc slachtoffer van bombardement met napalm
Zeemacht-personeel aan boord van de USS Blue Ridge duwt een Huey-helikopter overboord - 29 april 1975
Laatste Amerikanen en Vietnamezen ontvluchten Saigon - 1975
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