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Private Charles Bowen - Christmas in Vietnam

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Published on Dec 20, 2012

Vietnam War Christmas songs: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/JBrumm...
Another track with the name "Christmas in Vietnam", but it is different to the more well-known song by Johnny and Jon. It is credited to a "Private Charles Bowens", accompanied by the Gentlemen From Tigerland, and released on the New York based label Rojac Records (# RA-111). The song begins with a military trumpet, and then a dark soul groove kicks in. In the chorus, the singer sadly moans that "it's gonna be a dark, dark Christmas for me". The soldier is "in some foxhole, fighting the Vietcong", and missing his loved one. He's read her letter a "thousand times". Even though the soldier misses home, he expresses support, or acceptance, of the official, governmental objective of the war: "I got to keep on fighting for liberty so that this world can stay free".

"I have to spend my Christmas here in Vietnam
Out in some foxhole, fighting the Vietcong
It's a war, it just won't end, looks like I won't see my friends again
It's going to be a dark, dark Christmas for me
God knows I hate to kill, but I have to do it to survive
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I'm I alive
I got to keep on fighting for liberty
So that this world can stay free
And I wish you a merry, merry Christmas and a happy New Year
I'm sorry darling, but I can't be there
Even though we are many miles apart I can still feel your touch...
I received your letter baby, I've read it a thousand times"

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • Various Artists
  • Album

    • The Rojac Story: The Best of Rojac & Tay-Ster
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • The Orchard Music (on behalf of Rojac Records); ASCAP, UMPG Publishing

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