Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation by Tom Paxton

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1. I got a letter from LBJ it says this is your lucky day,

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it`s time to put your khaki trousers on.

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Though it may be very queer, we’ve got no jobs to give you here,

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so we are sending you to Vietnam.

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Lyndon Johnson told the nation, have no fear of escalation,

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I am trying everyone to please.

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Though it is t really war, we`re sending 50,000 more,

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to help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.

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2. I jumped off the old troop ship, I sank in mud up to my hips,

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I cursed it till the captain called me down.

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Never mind how hard it`s raining, look at all the ground we`re gaining,

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just don`t take one step outside the town.

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Lyndon Johnson told the nation, have no fear of escalation,

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I am trying everyone to please.

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Though it is t really war, we`re sending 60,000 more,

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to help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.

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3. Every night the local gentry slip out past the sleeping sentry,

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they go out to join the old V C.

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And in their nightly little dramas, they put on their black pyjamas,

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and come launching mortar shells at me.

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Lyndon Johnson told the nation, have no fear of escalation,

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I am trying everyone to please.

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Though it is t really war, we`re sending 70,000 more,

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to help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.

 

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4. We go round in helicopters like a bunch of big grasshoppers,

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hunting for the Vietcong in vain.

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They left a note that they had gone, they had to get back to Saigon,

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their government positions to maintain.

 

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Lyndon Johnson told the nation, have no fear of escalation,

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I am trying everyone to please.

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Though it is t really war, we`re sending 80,000 more,

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to help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.

 

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5. Here I sit in this rice-paddy, wondering about Big Daddy,

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and I know that Lyndon loves me so.

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Yet how sadly I remember, way back yonder in November,

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when he said I`d never have to go.

 

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Lyndon Johnson told the nation, have no fear of escalation,

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I am trying everyone to please.

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Though it is t really war, we`re sending 100,000 more,

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to help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.       (Tom Paxton)

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