Singin' in Viet Nam Talkin' Blues Johnny Cash
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One morn[G]in' at breakfast I said to my wife,
"We've been [C]ev'rywhere once and some places twice."
[A7]As I had another helping of country ham, she said,
[D] "We ain't never been to Vietnam,
And there's a bunch of[G] our boys over there."
So [C] we went to the Orient, Saigon.[D7]
Well, we got a [G]big welcome when we drove in
To the gates[C] of a place that they call Long Ben.
We chec[A7]ked in and ev'rything got kind of quiet.
But a soldi[D]er boy said, "Just wait till tonight.
Things get noisy,[G] things start happenin'.[C]
Big, bad firecr[D7]ackers."
Well, that night [G]we did about four shows for the boys
And they were livin' it [C]up with a whole lot of noise.
We did [A7]our last song for the night
And we crawle[D]d into bed for some peace and quiet.
But things weren't[G] peaceful and things weren't quiet.[C]
Things were sca[D7]ry.
Well, for a few mi[G]nutes, June never said one word,
And I [C]thought at first that she hadn't heard.
Then a shell[A7] exploded not two miles away.
She sat [D]up in bed and I heard her say,
"What was that?" I [G]said, "That was a shell or a bomb."[C]
She said, "I'm scared." I[D7] said, "Me too".
Well, all[G] night long that noise kept on,
And the sound[C] would chill you right to the bone.
The bull[A7]ets and the bombs and the mortar shells
[D] Shook our bed ev'ry time one fell and it never let up.[G]
It was gonna get worse before it got[C] any better.[D7]
Well, when the sun came u[G]p, the noise died down.
We got a few mi[C]nutes sleep and we were sleepin' sound.
Then a soldie[A7]r knocked on our door and said,
Last nigh[D]t they brought in 7 dead and 14 wounded.[G]
And would we come down[D7] to the base hospital and see the boys. Yeah.
So, we went [G]to the hospital ward by day
[C] And ev'ry night we were singin' away.
Then the shells[A7] and the bombs till dawn again,
And the helico[D]pters brought in the wounded men.
[G]Night after night, day after day, comin' a[C]nd goin'.[D7]
So, we sadly[G] sang for them our last song
[C] And reluctantly we said, "So long."
We did[A7] our best to let 'em know that we care
For ev'r[D]y last one of 'em that's over there.
Wether we bel[G]ong over there or not,
Somebody over here loves '[C]em and needs 'em.[D7]
Well, now, that's a[G]bout all that there is to tell
About that [C]little trip into livin' hell.
And if I ever[A7] go back over there anymore,
I hope there's none of[D] our boys there for me to sing for.
I hope that war is[G] over with
And they all come bac[C]k home to stay in peace.[D7] [G]
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