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The Massacres of My Lai (Song My) and Truong An, March 1968

Tom Parrott
Language: English



We went out of mission, we were told “search and destroy”,
Hunting for Vietcong, a task we don’t enjoy,
For Charlie has a lot to lose and always has a gun,
But orders come down from the brass for everything we done.

Late in the day we came upon a village made of straw;
Our officers has told us they were VC one and all
But we didn’t hear no shooting, though we fired off our guns,
So we moved into the village like the Big Brass would have done.

Well, we never saw young men, we supposed that they were hid,
So we rounded up the old folks, all the women, al the kids,
And we laughed as they were begging us, we were really having fun,
And orders come down from the brass for everything we done.

We slaughtered all the old folks, all the women, al the kids,
And then we burned their house down, and we’re proud of what we did,
For we did it for America, for our wives and folks and sons,
And orders come down from the brass for everything we done.

The battle was a safe one, and none of our boys died
For none of them had arms at all, though many of them cried,
But tears are weapons of the heart, and most of us had none,
And orders come down from the brass for everything we done.

This story that I’ve told you really happened, you can bet,
It was in the village of My Lai or Truong An, I forget,
For we liberated both those towns with our freedom loving guns,
In the name of God and Country, for our wives and folks and sons,
And orders come down from the brass for everything we done.


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