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    Music...

    OK, maybe this has been done before BUT...

    One of the intersting sidebars to come out of our recent involvements in Iraq and Afgahnistan have been a couple of "human interest" stories regarding the effects that music has had on Marines on the battlefield. VH1's "Soundtrack to War" was an interesting special, and even that lunatic Michael Moore had a segment in "Farenheit" about it. I've seen things like tank crews plugging CD-players into their internal comms systems, infantry Marines using discmans to get psyched up before a firefight, and Marines writing and/playing music to deal with the stresses and realities of war. I know that I personally have been keeping a bit of an informal mental list of songs that I would put onto a CD to take with me when I end up going over there.

    My question is this: this can't be a new thing, so what kind of an effect did music have on you during combat deployments? What'd y'all listen to, etc?

    I know the scene that sticks in my head is footage from a Cronkite special on Vietnam that shows Marines at Khe Sanh singing "Where Have all the Flowers Gone" in the middle of their torn up outpost... not sure where to start with that one.


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    Lots of Credence Clearwater and the Animals. We used to play loud music to scare the VC and NVA. The song Have you seen the rain (Credence) I still play today. Do you know what he was refering to when he sang about the "rain"?


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    Yeah Meyer I know that it goes back at least as far as Nam we all had reel to reels back in the rear and for me Jimi Hendrix was the motivator and Fire and Rain was the soother. I even heard army huey cobras blasting out sounds through giant outside speakers at the air base in Danang. I also read in Stars and Stripes that the special ops guys used it for psyops.


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    Good stuff... I know that CCR is on my list to take with me... something about "Fortunate Son" that seems rather appropriate...


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    I listen to all what we called back then the Protest Songs....

    Another good one was....



    The Animals

    WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE
    (Weil/Mann)

    In this dirty old part of the city
    Where the sun refused to shine
    People tell me there ain't no use in tryin'

    Now my girl you're so young and pretty
    And one thing I know is true
    You'll be dead before your time is due, I know

    Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin'
    Watched his hair been turnin' grey
    He's been workin' and slavin' his life away
    Oh yes I know it

    (Yeah!) He's been workin' so hard
    (Yeah!) I've been workin' too, baby
    (Yeah!) Every night and day
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)

    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

    Now my girl you're so young and pretty
    And one thing I know is true, yeah
    You'll be dead before your time is due, I know it

    Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin'
    Watched his hair been turnin' grey, yeah
    He's been workin' and slavin' his life away
    I know he's been workin' so hard

    (Yeah!) I've been workin' too, baby
    (Yeah!) Every day baby
    (Yeah!) Whoa!
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)

    We gotta get out of this place
    If it's the last thing we ever do
    We gotta get out of this place
    Girl, there's a better life for me and you
    Somewhere baby, somehow I know it

    We gotta get out of this place
    If it's the last thing we ever do
    We gotta get out of this place
    Girl, there's a better life for me and you
    Believe me baby
    I know it baby
    You know it too

    Ellie

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    The Animals were awesome... We Gotta Get Outta This Place is one of my favorites...


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    I still pay "We gotta get out of this place" as the last song on the juke box when I leave my favorite bar. A different meaning today!


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    Holy Mackrel Ellie, I alsmost forgot "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" it was like our anthem back then. "Leaving On A Jet Plane" also comes back to me.


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    Yep....

    I still listen to these songs till this day....

    When my children play these songs in front of their friends they say, why do you listen to them...

    They all say, Dad fought in the war, and played them to keep modivated and mom was a damn hippie.....LOL

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    Hey Ellie Im a big time Dylan fan and Im not a hippie my DI's said I had to knock that cheap civilian stuff off.


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    CCR - didn't come out till 70' though! dg

    Run through the Jungle


    Whoa, thought it was a nightmare,
    Lo, it's all so true,
    They told me, "Don't go walking slow
    'Cause Devil's on the loose."

    CHORUS:
    Better run through the jungle,
    Better run through the jungle,
    Better run through the jungle,
    Woa, Don't look back to see.

    Thought I heard a rumbling
    Calling to my name,
    Two hundred million guns are loaded
    Satan cries, "Take aim!"

    CHORUS

    Over on the mountain
    Thunder magic spoke,
    "Let the people know my wisdom,
    Fill the land with smoke."

    CHORUS


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    "For what it's worth" by Buffalo Springfield.
    There's somethin' happening here, what it is ain't
    exactly clear...... and so on. This song was played alot during
    the seventies.
    Saw Eric Burdon and the Animals in San Francisco. House of the Rising Sun and Sky Pilot were performed as well as "We Got To Get Out Of This Place."
    Couldn't afford to see them now.


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    Dang Gary I remember those as well, this thread has been a memory lane.


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    All of the above bring back the sights,smells and sounds of Vietnam....I almost forgot about sky pilot..heard it the first time in base camp Danang. Thanks,Gary


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    Barry Mcguire's Eve of Destruction

    This Material World . . . is overheatin'
    Ol' Mother Nature . . . is taking a beatin'
    A global disaster is what we're promotin'
    If we don't stop now, our kids will be totin'
    Backpack air conditioners and sun tan lotion
    So they tell me, over and over and over again, my friend
    Ahh, we'd best believe . . . we're on the Eve of Destruction

    Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say?
    Spaceship Earth's got a broken temperature gauge
    Better buckle your seat belts and fold up your trays
    'Cause there'll be palm trees growin' in Portland, Maine
    And Denver will be lookin' at the ocean waves
    So they tell me, over and over and over again, my friend
    Ahh, we'd best believe . . . we're on the Eve of Destruction

    The ozone's been chlorofluorocarbonatin'
    Now the ultraviolet bandwidth is over-radiatin'
    If you worship your tan, well here comes the Sun
    Have 'em stick a fork in you when you're done
    'Cause you're not gonna have enough mellatonin
    To keep skin cancer from spoilin' your fun
    So you'd better listen up, 'cause the warnings have begun
    So they tell me, over and over and over again, my friend
    Ahh, we'd best believe . . . we're on the Eve of Destruction

    But all those big-wigs attending their summit
    Insist on meeting in air-conditioned comfort
    Their limosines guzzle down fossile fuels
    And they fly in on jets that emit noxious fumes
    Then they point their fingers at us and accuse
    If they're worried about hot air, then I'd suggest
    That they keep their speeches to 5 minutes or less!
    And they tell me, over and over and over and over again, my friend
    We'd best believe . . . we're on the Eve of Destruction
    Yeah, we'd best believe . . . we're on the Eve of Destruction

    Parody version 1997 Paul Silhan

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    Ellie

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