Music’s Influence on Perceptions During the Vietnam War<br />by angielorden<br />mrs.nyhan<br />apenglish A block<br />
Music, a universal language, was a method of conveying various perceptions different people had about Vietnam during the w...
Music regarding the Vietnam War wasn’t all protest, at least at first, though few songs were actually “pro-Vietnam” and th...
Hello Vietnam by Johnny Wright<br />#1 for 3 Weeks in 1965<br />What We’re Fighting For by Dave Dudley<br /> Peaked #4 in1...
Ballad of the Green Berets by SSgt Barry Sadler#1 for 5 Weeks in 1966<br />Fighting soldiers from the sky<br />Fearless me...
Barry Sadler was injured in Vietnam, wrote songs while in the hospital and sang them to other soldiers  </li></li></ul><li...
After 1966, songs stemmed from patriotic sentiments became nonexistent as the number of those opposed to the Vietnam War i...
	Well, come on all of you, big strong men,Uncle Sam needs your help again.He's got himself in a terrible jamWay down yonde...
Performed at Woodstock</li></li></ul><li>The Boonie Rat Song<br />Written by the men of the second battalion of the 502nd ...
Banned on some AM stations due to Anti-Nixon themes</li></li></ul><li>Influence on the Perceptions of Americans<br /><ul><...
Gave Americans a window into Vietnam
Expressed the complex confusion felt among Americans
Protesters would often view artists who composed anti-war songs as heroes for their “bravery”</li></li></ul><li>Book Conne...
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  1. 1. Music’s Influence on Perceptions During the Vietnam War<br />by angielorden<br />mrs.nyhan<br />apenglish A block<br />
  2. 2. Music, a universal language, was a method of conveying various perceptions different people had about Vietnam during the war. <br />
  3. 3. Music regarding the Vietnam War wasn’t all protest, at least at first, though few songs were actually “pro-Vietnam” and the few that exist were written in or prior to 1966. <br />American public opinion on the Vietnam War had not yet turned against U.S. involvement there – nearly 60 percent of Americans in one March 1966 Gallup poll felt that sending troops to Vietnam was not a mistake.<br />
  4. 4. Hello Vietnam by Johnny Wright<br />#1 for 3 Weeks in 1965<br />What We’re Fighting For by Dave Dudley<br /> Peaked #4 in1966<br />“My dearest Mama they just gave us time to writeI miss you and there's something on my mind tonightAt mailcall I received your letter here todayBut I don't understand the things you sayYou tell me there are people marching in our streetsThe signs they carry say that we don't fight for peaceThere's not a soldier in this foreign land who likes this warOh Mama tell them what we're fighting forTell them that we're fighting for the old Red White and BlueDid they forget Pearl Harbor and Korea tooAnother flag must never fly above our nation's doorOh Mama tell them what we're fighting for”<br />A ship is waiting for us at the dock<br />America has trouble to be stopped<br />We must stop communism in that land<br />Or freedom will start slipping through our hands<br />Goodbye my darling...<br />I hope and pray someday the world will learn<br />That fires we don't put out will bigger burn<br />We must save freedom now at any cost<br />Or someday our own freedom will be lost<br />Kiss me goodbye and write me while I'm gone<br />Goodbye my sweetheart, Hello Vietnam.<br />
  5. 5. Ballad of the Green Berets by SSgt Barry Sadler#1 for 5 Weeks in 1966<br />Fighting soldiers from the sky<br />Fearless men who jump and die<br />Men who mean just what they say<br />The brave men of the Green Beret<br />Silver wings upon their chest<br />These are men, America’s best<br />One hundred men we’ll test today<br />But only three win the Green Beret<br />Trained to live, off nature’s land<br />Trained in combat, hand to hand<br />Men who fight by night and day<br />Courage deep, from the Green Beret<br />(chorus)<br />Back at home a young wife waits<br />Her Green Beret has met his fate<br />He has died for those oppressed<br />Leaving her this last request<br />Put silver wings on my son’s chest<br />Make him one of America’s best<br />He’ll be a man they’ll test one day<br />Have him win the Green Beret<br /><ul><li>Green Beret: The US Special Forces, JFK sent these “special advisors” to Vietnam to train the South Vietnamese
  6. 6. Barry Sadler was injured in Vietnam, wrote songs while in the hospital and sang them to other soldiers </li></li></ul><li>Influence on the Perceptions of Americans<br /><ul><li>These songs didn’t spark drastic social or political change, but they did help foster feelings of patriotism (at first), more effectively so among older generations
  7. 7. After 1966, songs stemmed from patriotic sentiments became nonexistent as the number of those opposed to the Vietnam War increased</li></li></ul><li>Anti-War Music<br />Folk singers were the first to write protest songs, then rock resonated protest <br />Anti-War music was the catalyst that united those against the war <br />Appealed especially to younger generations, these songs often played in colleges (drafting aroused anti-war sentiments in younger generations)<br />Vietnam was th<br />http://guittard.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/countryjoe_jimmarshall.jpg<br />
  8. 8. Well, come on all of you, big strong men,Uncle Sam needs your help again.He's got himself in a terrible jamWay down yonder in VietnamSo put down your books and pick up a gun,We're gonna have a whole lotta fun. And it's one, two, three,What are we fighting for ?Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,Next stop is Vietnam;And it's five, six, seven,Open up the pearly gates,Well there ain't no time to wonder why,Whoopee! we're all gonna die. <br /> Come on mothers throughout the land,Pack your boys off to Vietnam.Come on fathers, and don't hesitateTo send your sons off before it's too late.And you can be the first ones in your blockTo have your boy come home in a box. <br />The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish<br /><ul><li>Satirical Anti-War Anthem
  9. 9. Performed at Woodstock</li></li></ul><li>The Boonie Rat Song<br />Written by the men of the second battalion of the 502nd brigade of the101st Airborne Division <br />Ohio byNeil Crosby<br />The air was clear and humid,<br />The sun was hot and dry,<br />Ten times I cursed my rucksack<br />And prayed that I could die.<br />Boonie Rat, Boonie Rat,<br />Scared but not alone,<br />200 days more or less<br />Then I'm going home.<br />I've humped the hills in sunshine<br />In mud and wind and rain.<br />Some days have passed so quickly,<br />That I thought they never came.<br />My eyes are often weary,<br />My feet are racked with pain,<br />My back is bad and crooked<br />From the loaded rucksack strain. <br />They say there'll always be a war, <br />I hope they're very wrong, <br />To the Boonie Rats of Vietnam <br />I dedicate this song.<br />The soldiers and Nixon coming,We're finally on our own.This summer I hear the drumming,Four dead in OhioGottaget down to itSoldiers are cutting us downShould have been done long ago.What if you knew herAnd found her dead on the ground How can you run when you know?<br /><ul><li>Protest increased with the Kent State Killings
  10. 10. Banned on some AM stations due to Anti-Nixon themes</li></li></ul><li>Influence on the Perceptions of Americans<br /><ul><li>Anti-War songs were an important “weapon” for protester across America – united opinions through lyrics
  11. 11. Gave Americans a window into Vietnam
  12. 12. Expressed the complex confusion felt among Americans
  13. 13. Protesters would often view artists who composed anti-war songs as heroes for their “bravery”</li></li></ul><li>Book Connections<br />Though Tim O’Brien doesn’t ever refer directly to the songs of the time in The Things They Carried, themes that were portrayed in the book align with themes depicted in the music <br />The Boonie Rat Song, Chapter One “The Things They Carried”<br />Draft Dodger Rag by Phil Ochs, Chapter On the Rainy River<br />Lost in the Flood by Bruce Springsteen, Chapter Speaking of Courage <br />
  14. 14. Songs about the Vietnam War naturally died out when the war ended, but a Vietnam song will pop up here and there<br />Rooster by Alice in Chains, 1993<br /><ul><li>“Rooster” based off of lead singer’s father
  15. 15. Veterans of Vietnam commented on the incredibly realistic combat footage in the music video, MTV censored , band upset
  16. 16. Song remains popular with soldiers of today </li></li></ul><li>Works Cited/Works Consulted<br />Anderson, JW. “Vietnam Era Anti-War Music.” JW’s Rock Garden. 23 May 2006. Web. 10 Jun 2011.<br /> <http://www.jwsrockgarden.com/jw02vvaw.htm>.<br />Fish, Lydia. “Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War.” Buffalo State University. 25 Dec 1993. Web. 9 Jun 2011.<br /> <http://faculty.buffalostate.edu/fishlm/folksongs/americansongs.htm>.<br />Schifferes, Steve. “Vietnam: The Music of Protest.” BBC News. 1 May 2005. Web. 9 Jun 2011. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4498011.stm>.  <br />“The Green Berets.” The Pop History Dig. 6 Oct. 2010. Web. 9 June 2011. <br /> <http://www.pophistorydig.com/?tag=ballad-of-the-green-berets>.<br />http://npaphistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/protest.jpg/99979301/protest.jpg<br />http://images.publicradio.org/content/2008/07/03/20080703_peace_33.jpg<br />http://npaphistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/protest.jpg/99979301/protest.jpg<br />http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6m2Z3lC3SCk/SMOqZ5IX4YI/AAAAAAAAAQk/JkQTHBKcyzc/s400/001WW1Soldiers.jpg<br />

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