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And Freedom Too

Bill Frederick
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Parole e musica di Bill Frederick, sul quale poche informazioni sono reperibili in Rete.
Nei primi anni 60 era un giovane studente in chimica ed obiettore di coscienza al servizio militare in Vietnam.
Contribuì alcune sue canzoni su Broadside Magazine. Si veda anche Just Another Day
Questa fu pubblicata sul # 58 del 15 maggio 1965.
Nel 1967 le canzoni di Bill Frederick vennero raccolte nel disco intitolato “Hey, Hey… LBJ! Songs of the U.S. Anti-War Movement”

Hey, Hey… LBJ!

Una canzone ironica che spiega che cosa ci fosse dietro ai proclami di voler "difendere la libertà dal Comunismo" in Vietnam.

"Now let us assume that we lost Indo-China. If Indo-China goes, several things happen right away. The peninsula, the, last bit of land hanging on down there, would be scarcely defensible. The tin and tungsten that we so greatly value from that area would cease coming.... So when the U.S. votes $400,000,000 to help that war,we are not voting a giveaway program. We are voting for the cheapest way that we can to prevent the occurrence of something that would be of a most terrible significance to the U.S.A., our security, our power and ability to get certain things we need from the riches of the Indo-Chinese territory and from Southeast Asia."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a Governors' Conference
August 4, 1963


and freedom too
From the steaming Mekong Delta
to the shores of Tonkin Bay
Advisers are advising
and the peasents romp and play
Bombs of jellied gasoline
make night as bright as day
and burning huts and Buddhist monk
are there to light our way

We fight for coal and zinc and manganese,
lumber, fruits and rice.
Rubber, pepper, iron ore, Kapok, tea and spice
Quinine, bauxite, sugar, all the country through
We fight for tin and tungsten... and freedom too.

Oh listen to the screaming
Across the jungle floor.
I hear the people shouting
"Oh what a lovely war:"
We're testing our new weapons
And we're learning quite a lot.
And as they say in Washington,
"It's the only war we've got."

We fight for coal and zinc and manganese,
lumber, fruits and rice.
Rubber, pepper, iron ore, Kapok, tea and spice
Quinine, bauxite, sugar, all the country through
We fight for tin and tungsten... and freedom too.

It's often I have wondered
As I marched to the war.
What is the use of dying.
What are we fighting for?
But Eisenhower said it.
I saw him on T. V.
When we took over from the French
In 1953.

We fight for coal and zinc and manganese,
lumber, fruits and rice.
Rubber, pepper, iron ore, Kapok, tea and spice
Quinine, bauxite, sugar, all the country through
We fight for tin and tungsten... and freedom too.

We're fighting wars on poverty
throughout the world today .
We're killing off poor people
In a most efficient way.
e can't lose Southeast Asia
So we'll bomb it 'til it's bare.
And then I'll start a tungsten mine
And become a millionaire.

We fight for coal and zinc and manganese,
lumber, fruits and rice.
Rubber, pepper, iron ore, Kapok, tea and spice
Quinine, bauxite, sugar, all the country through
We fight for tin and tungsten... and freedom too.

26/10/2016 - 23:19


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