History Repeating

September 13, 2007 at 9:22 am 4 comments

When I was in school, I remember being told to study history well because it always repeats itself.  That statement has proven true in everything from me channeling my mother as she declared “this tastes like the freezer”, to a war on terrorism that looks suspiciously like a previous war on communism.  Well since I’m sure you didn’t come here to listen to me ramble on about my mother-morphing, I’ll move on to the other subject at hand:  The current “war” (aka: occupation) that looks, smells and even tastes much like a war we fought in a land called Vietnam.   The wars have so many similarities that even the music that served as the soundtrack to the Vietnam-era peace movement works today.

 Take, for instance, the recent cover of Pete Seeger’s anti-war mantra “Bring ‘Em Home” by Bruce Springsteen.  The song, written in 1966, is as appropriate today as it was in the ’60’s.  While some tweaks were done between the original and the cover, the basic message of the song is still the same:  bring our soldiers home, not tomorrow, not next week.  Bring our soldiers home NOW. 

If you haven’t heard the song before, I urge you to go out to iTunes or your favorite music site and download it.  It’s a great track for any of us who truly believe that we should “Bring ‘Em Home”.

 Here are the lyrics of the Springsteen version:

If you love this land of the free
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring them back from overseas
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
It will make the politicians sad, I know
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
They wanna tangle with their foe
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

They wanna test their grand theories
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
With the blood of you and me
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

Now we’ll give no more brave young lives
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
For the gleam in someone’s eyes
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

(Hooo-hooo hooo-hooo)
(Hooo-hooo hooo-hooo)

The men will cheer and the boys will shout
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Yeah and we will all turn out
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

The church bells will ring with joy
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
To welcome our darlin’ girls and boys
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

We willl lift their voice and sound
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Yeah, when Johnny comes marching home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring them back from overseas
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

If you love this land of the free
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring them back from overseas
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home

Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home
Bring ’em home, bring ’em home 

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Howard  |  September 13, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    I will argue to the ends of my days that there should be a historian on staff in government at all times. Ugh.

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  • 2. Cyrus  |  September 14, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    My partner and I were just having a conversation about the music of the late ’60s and how inspiring it must have been to the anti-war movement. Today, of course, anti-war music can’t be heard on the radio because the corporations that control what we hear and see are in bed with the administration that continues to lead our country into the abyss. The music industry and the media moguls happily promote the music that teaches our kids how to treat bitches and ho’s and how to consume, consume, consume like a pimp. But a thoughtful song about the immorality of Bush’s war? That would be offensive to the public.

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  • 3. Vespasian  |  September 17, 2007 at 3:19 am

    I agree, I think every Administration should have at least one historian at the Cabinet level. But, sad to say, I hear a lot of people at the local school board level who complain that history isn’t a “critical life skill” – they think things like history and music education should be killed to make room for “useful” things. Considering what this Administration has done to the US economy, a “useful” skill would be learning to ask “You want fries with that?” or perhaps “Paper or plastic?”

    As far as war protests go, as long as Fox Noise controls the national debate (itself one of the most depressing ideas I can think of), protests will accomplish nothing.

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  • 4. mudge  |  September 17, 2007 at 6:24 am

    We can only hope that broadcast radio as has been practiced for 85 years will finally realize how obsolete it has become, replaced by satellite (not 40 but hundreds of niche channels); the iTunes phenomenon; Internet radio (try Pandora if you haven’t already); even the music videos on YouTube.
    Then, people will find those protest songs, and, maybe, act on them.
    Thanks for the great post.
    –MUDGE

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