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Vietnam Farewell

by John R. Black

Classic Rock n' Roll
Genre: Rock: 50's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vietnam Farewell
4:16 $0.99
2. Saigon Girl
4:08 $0.99
3. Vietnam I'm Dreamin' Dreamin' On
4:33 $0.99
4. Ricky I'm Right Behind
5:09 $0.99
5. I Want to Be Free
3:38 $0.99
6. Who Did I Leave Behind
3:09 $0.99
7. Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh
2:34 $0.99
8. Oh Mr. War Memorial
4:41 $0.99
9. The Women on the Wall
5:04 $0.99
10. I'm Home
4:35 $0.99
11. We Don't Have to Worry Anymore
3:54 $0.99
12. Vietnam Farewell (Reprise)
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
I first went to Vietnam in 1967. I served as an infantry officer in the Mekong Delta, Go Gong Province, Advisory Team 83. I was an advisor at a Regional Force/Popular Force Training Center. I also accompanied RF/PF on 40 combat operations. The experience transformed me. I was sent back to Vietnam a second time in June 1971. I had become disillusioned with the war. Years passed, and Vietnam continued to haunt me in many ways, often without me being aware of it. Then, in December 1988, something just clicked. I was spending the holidays at my parent's ranch in Eastern Washington. It was an introspective winter homecoming for me, and I realized that, among other things, the time had come to face my Vietnam past, I needed to confront the demons. I wrote three songs, and the idea for this album materialized. The songs were helping me confront my nightmares, my guilt, my despair. I was determined to finish the album, for myself, and for my fellow Vietnam veterans. My hope was that the work might help them in some small way just as it was helping me. I don't pretend to know the answers. I've tried to figure out my Vietnam experience. Music gave me the way to do that. As I've written in Ricky, "If you want to know my story you can hear it in my song." This album is dedicated to my fellow Vietnam Vets. I hope in some small way my music can help others deal with where they are and especially where they want to be. I thank my good friend Charlie Childers, a Vietnam Vet, who formed Silver Star Productions to get this project started. Several Vietnam Vets and other generous supporters contributed. John Frawley, producer and Richard Rosing, engineer, deserve special mention. They helped me weave my musical story and give name and shape to my grief. However, my wife Joanne's loving support, encouragement, and understanding really made it happen. There is no statute of limitations for the Vietnam War. It will always haunt us. Maybe what Plato said was true: "Only the dead have seen the end of War."



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