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I Should Be Proud

Martha and the Vandellas
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Martha and the Vandellas


"I Should Be Proud" is a 1970 protest song by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. Though not a big hit (peaking at #80 pop and #45 R&B), the song was noted for being the first released Motown protest song (released in February of the year) just months before the releases of Edwin Starr's "War" and The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion". The song had the narrator talk of how she was devastated on hearing the news that her loved one, who was fighting in the Vietnam War, was shot and killed in action. Instead of being proud that her loved one "fought for her" as the narrator suggested people around her was claiming, all she wanted was him and not his honors for fighting the war exclaiming that the man, disguised as "Private Johnny C. Miller" was "fightin' for the evils of society".

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I was under the dryer when the telegram came:
"Private John C. Miller was shot down in Vietnam"
Through my tears I read: "No more information at this time
He's missin' in action somewhere on the Delta Line"

And they say that I should be proud; he was fightin' for me
They say that I should be proud, those too blind to see
But he wasn't fightin' for me, my Johnny didn't have to fight for me
He was fightin' for the evils of society

Now I prayed night & day that my Johnny wouldn't die
Love, faith & hope was all that kept me alive
Then six weeks later came that cold & heartless letter:
"Private Johnny was killed in action, number 54327"

And they say that I should be proud; he was keepin' me free
They say that I should be proud, those too blind to see
But he wasn't fightin' for me, my Johnny didn't have to die for me
He was fightin' for the evils of society

(spoken):
They shipped him home with medals of honor & glory
Even our local paper ran a front-page story

But the whole time gave him praisin' & said how honored I should be
But I don't want no superstar, just the good man they took from me

And they tell me I should be proud; he was fightin' for me
They say that I should be proud, those too blind to see
But he wasn't fightin' for me, my Johnny didn't have to die for me
He's a victim of the evils of society
I should be proud of my Johnny
They tell me that I should be proud; they just don't want Johnny for me
They tell me that I should be proud of my Johnny

15/5/2006 - 12:37



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