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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
17-Nov-20 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: Vietnam era protest songs
Subject: RE: Vietnam era protest songs
From: Eric the Viking Date: 23 Nov 04 - 06:04 PM Try Some Donovan songs, Ballad of a crystal man,The war drags on. There were some others. He also did one by Buffy St Marie-can't remember title.

That was Universal Soldier, from 1964. Sainte-Marie said: "I wrote 'Universal Soldier' in the basement of The Purple Onion coffee house in Toronto in the early sixties. It's about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all." In 1965, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean released as a single an answer song presenting the opposite point of view, titled "The Universal Coward", which criticized anti-war protesters. Dean Torrence objected and did not participate. (Wikipedia)

Soldier Blue is a 1970 American Revisionist Western film directed by Ralph Nelson. Nelson and Gay intended to utilize the narrative surrounding the Sand Creek massacre as an allegory for the contemporary Vietnam War. The title song, written and performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie, was released as a single and became a top ten hit in the UK as well as other countries in Europe and Japan during the summer of 1971. (Wikipedia)

The B-side was Moratorium (Bring Our Brothers Home), which she performed on BBC2 - it must have been the Old Grey Whistle Test;
Corporal Thomas McCann is a three year marine
Someone told him he'd better join up It would would make him a man
He came home and to the park he went And he sat down on a bench
And a dungaree girl told him he'd been a man all along
And he looked at the sign that she carried in her hand
It said, "Fuck the war and bring our brothers home"
And Corporal McCann he looks into her eyes
And I believe that he's begun to understand