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We Just Did What We Were Told

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“We Just Did What We Were Told”

It’s January 27th, 1968 I was standing on a troop ship Long Beach harbor, Golden State Freeway in the distance cars as far as I could see They all know just where they’re going Sure wished that was me

Well the officers were older, but most of us were kids And I don’t think we ever thought we’d do the things we did Fat chance we’d all return, the odds were just too thin But know one really talked about it Cause no one thinks it’s him

Said we were fighting for their freedom Charlie must have thought the same In the delta, in those highlands We fought hard just staying sane Maybe someone else had it figured out I just wanted it to end It seemed like such a waste of time And a lot of wasted men

Cause there were no rules in that jungle There were two sides back at home Told us not to think about it But it made you feel alone Now I don’t hold against nobody now Maybe I’m just getting old But if you ask for my opinion We just did what we were told

Yea, some folks even called us losers But no one raised me to be bad For the most part, we were first-rate Some the best this country had Just good ole’ boys and college kids Hell, we knew by 8 years old If your country called your number You just did what you were told

Cause there were no rules in that jungle There war two sides back at home Jessie Young sang get together then And we all sang alone And every now and then I think about The way that thing was sold And if you ask for my opinion we just did what we were told

I pulled up to a stoplight grubby stranger came along Cardboard sign and a little dog I said Man, where’d he go wrong But a Blackhawk patch caught my eye It looked like he was stoned I knew he’s just another one Who never got back home

There were no rules in that jungle There were two sides back at home You don’t have to think about this But it chilled me to the bone Every time I stop and think about The way this thing got sold My opinion’s locked and loaded We just did what we were told

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