1. Thursday, December 5, 2002

    Paul Hardcastle 

    Cover to Cover: A Musical Autobiography

    Push Records

    19

    (Coutourie/Hardcastle)

    In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war,

    But it wasn’t.

    It was different in many ways, as so were tose that did the fighting.

    In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26…

    In Vietnam he was 19.

    In inininininin Vietnam he was 19.

    (TV announcer’s voice)

    The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today

    25 miles west of Saigon

    (Vet’s Voice)

    I really wasn’t sure what was going on

    Nininini Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19

    19,19,19,19

    In Vietnam the combat soldier typicaly served a twelve month tour of duty but

    Was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday

    Ninininininininininin 19 nininininninin 19

    Hundreds of Thousands of men who saw heavy combat in Vietnam were arrested

    Since discharge

    Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age.

    There are no accurate figures of how many of these men have been incarcerated.

    But, a Veterans Administration study concludes that the greater of Vets

    Exposure to combat could more likely affect his chances of being arrested or

    Convicted.

    This is one legacy of the Vietnam War

    (Singing Girls)

    All those who remember the war

    They won’t forget what they’ve seen..

    Destruction of men in their prime

    whose average was 19

    Dedededededede-Destruction

    Dedededededede-Destruction

    War, War

    Dededede-Destruction, wa-wa-War, wa-War, War

    Dedededededede-Destruction

    War, War

    After World War II the Men came home together on troop ships, but the Vietnam

    Vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat

    Perhaps the most dramatic difference between World War II and VietNam was

    Coming home.. .none of them received a hero’s welcome

    None of them received a heroes welcome, none of them, none of them

    Nenene Nenene None of them, none of them, none of them

    None of them received a hero’s welcome

    None of them received a hero’s welcome

    According to a Veteran’s Administration study

    Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what Psychiatrists call

    Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder

    Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt

    Some succumb to suicidal thoughts

    Eight to Ten years after coming home almost eight-hundred-thousand men are

    Still fighting the VietNam War

    (Singing Girls)

    Dedededededede-Destruction

    Nininininininininin Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19

    19,19,19,19

    Nininininininininin Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19

    19,19,19,19

    (Soldiers Voice)

    When we came back it was different.. Everybody wants to know “How’d it

    Happenned to those guys over there

    There’s gotta be something wrong somewhere

    We did what we had to do

    There’s gotta be something wrong somewhere

    People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us

    Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now

    All we want to do is come home

    All we want to do is come home

    What did we do it for

    All we want to do is come home

    Was it worth it?

    utter wonder