Viet Nam Blues
written by Kris Kristofferson
There's a little riff played occasionally during the C areas. It goes like this:
For reference, it's done 3 times during the INTRO, and then just as he begins the verse.
I was on leave at the time just duckin' the fog
Nosin' around like a hungry dog
In that crazy place called Washington D.C.
I saw a crowd of people on the White House lawn
All carrying signs about Viet Nam
So I went over to see what was goin' on
There's a strange lookin' bunch
But then I never could understand some people
Well a fellow came to me with a list in his hand
He said we're gatherin' names to send a telegram of sympathy
Then he handed me a pen
I said I reckon this is goin' to the kids and wives
Of my friends over there who'd given their lives
And he said Uh-huh buddy, this is goin' to Ho Chi Mihn
I said Ho Chi who?
He said Ho Chi Mihn--peopole's leader North Vietnam
Well I wasn't real sure I was hearin' him right
But I thought I better move before I got in a fight
'Cause my ears were hurtin' and my pulse started hittin' the lick
Then I thought about another telegram I had just read
Tellin' my buddy's wife that her husband was dead
And it wasn't too long 'til I was feelin' downright sick
Another held a sign that said "we won't fight"
I thought to myself "boy ain't that right
You'd rather let a soldier die instead"
I said "it's a shame that every man
Who ever died there in that far-off land
Was dyin' so that you wouldn't have to wake up dead"
'Course he looked at me like I was kinda crazy
Just another war monger
Well I left that place and I went downtown
And hit the first bar that I found
Coolin' myself off, pacify my brain
You see I was on orders to Vietnam
Little old place just north of Saigon
I had about an hour to catch myself a plane
So all I mean to say is I don't like dyin' either
But man I ain't gonna crawl