A tribute to those who served in Vietnam


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Dec 5, 2006

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Bob Dylan

Oh where have you been, my blue eyed son?
Where have you been, my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
Walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
Stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
Been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

And what did you see, my blue eyed son?
What did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a new-born baby with wild wolves around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a bleedin'
A white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

And what did you hear, my blue eyed son?
What did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder that roared out a warning
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a blazin'
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Oh who did you meet, my blue eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?

***I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
A young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
Another man who was wounded with hatred
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
Oh what'll you do now, my blue eyed son?
What'll you do now, my darling young one?***

I'm goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
Walk throught the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioners face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the colour, and none is the number
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountains so all souls can see it
Then I'll stand in the ocean until I start sinking
But I'll know my song well before I start singing
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Thinking of a very dear friend today :)


Nov 26, 2007
BlackMirror, I salute your friend also. Two things:

1) I'm forty, and my dad served in Korea, but did have some uncles. Saying, Vietnam war was a bit indirect for me. Ten years ago, my wife and I went to Washington and saw the Vietnam memorial. I will never forget it. It was a cool evening, a little breeze, but otherwise, an ordinary evening. But the memorial brought to me the sons, daughters, and comrades that gave all. One man... staring at a name.... not sure where he was in Vietnam, but that wall took him there. I prayed he found some peace that night.

2) One of my students died in the helicopter accident in Afghanistan a few weeks back. Anyway, I went to the visitation, and there must have been forty veterans (in age from Vietnam era to in their 20's) directing traffic, helping out and stuff. But there were three....
They had put up three flagpoles and had stationed themselves underneath it. I would surmise all three were late 40's/ early 50's. They just stood there; motionless. Nothing overly fancy or anything; just pure respect; pure honor. I was moved.

So for you, the other vets, and the ones that paid it all... thank you. If you ever come to my area.... drinks are on me.

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