Sunday, June 5, 2016

'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' Still Resonates Today

Good Day World!

Been hearing a lot of folks who say they'll leave this country if Donald Trump is elected president.

Wanting to get out of a country reminds me of doing my time as a combat engineer in South Vietnam; counting the hours and days until I could come back home to America.
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One of my favorite songs then was "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by The Animals

The song was very popular with United States Armed Forces members. It was frequently requested of, and played by, American Forces Vietnam Network disc jockeys.

And now, I look at what has to be the two worst candidates for an American president ever, and I feel disheartened. I may not be counting the hours and days yet...but I'm having trouble getting this song out of my mind!

Related Trivia:

1) One first-season episode of Tour of Duty "USO Down", used "live" versions of "Wooly Bully", and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place.

2) "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" was a popular number to be played at high school senior proms and graduation parties. 
In music writer Dave Marsh's view, it was one of a wave of songs in 1965, by artists such as The BeatlesThe Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, that ushered in a new role for rock music as a vehicle for common perception and as a force for social consciousness.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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