Cash, Johnny - Singin' In Vietnam Talkin' Blues Lyrics

One mornin' at breakfast, I said to my wife
We been everywhere once and some places twice
As I had another helping of country ham
She said "We ain't never been to Vietnam
"And there's a bunch of our boys over there."
So we went to the Orient: Saigon

Well we got a big welcome when we drove in
Through the gates of a place that they call Long Vinh
We checked in and everything got kinda quiet
But a soldier boy said: "Just wait 'til tonight
"Things get noisy. Things start happenin'
"Big bad firecrackers."

Well that night we did about four shows for the boys
And they were livin' it up with a whole lot of noise
We did our last song for the night
And we crawled into bed for some peace and quiet
But things weren't peaceful. And things weren't quiet
Things were scary

Well for a few minutes June never said one word
And I thought at first that she hadn't heard
Then a shell exploded not two miles away
She sat up in bed and I heard her say: "What was that?"
I said: "That was a shell, or a bomb."
She said: "I'm scared." I said "Me too."

Well all night long that noise kept on
And the sound would chill you right to the bone
The bullets and the bombs, and the mortar shells
Shook our bed every time one fell
And it never let up; it was gonna get worse
Before it got any better

Well when the sun came up, the noise died down
We got a few minutes sleep, an' we were sleepin' sound
When a soldier knocked on our door and said:
"Last night they brought in seven dead, and 14 wounded."
And would we come down to the base hospital, and see the boys

So we went to the hospital ward by day
And every night we were singin' away
Then the shells and the bombs was goin' again
And the helicopters brought in the wounded men
Night after night; day after day
Comin' and a goin'

So we sadly sang for them our last song
And reluctantly we said: "So long."
We did our best to let 'em know that we care
For every last one of 'em that's over there
Whether we belong over there or not
Somebody over here love's 'em, and needs 'em

Well now that's about all that there is to tell
About that little trip into livin' hell
And if I ever go back over there any more
I hope there's none of our boys there for me to sing for
I hope that war is over with
And they all come back home
To stay

In peace

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Cash, Johnny Singin' In Vietnam Talkin' Blues Comments
  1. DJ Sanders

    my grandfather was in that war, he died before i got to meet him but not in the war but he told my dad it was life changing.

  2. Wayne Hamodey

    I was there that night, i got his autograph on a trip ticket , we just returned from ta nihn on convoy

  3. LuckyShitZu

    James Connor, Maj. USAR, Ret. 329th TC Heavy Boats

  4. SocTrangWarrior15

    In WWII the Hollywood stars and all the other performers didn't let politics get in the way of supporting the troops. To bad so many forgot during Viet Nam. People in the armed services don't start or end wars. They just go where they are told and fight until the politicians bring them home.

    Egg Boi

    In what part of this song did Johnny Cash blame the soldiers for the war in Vietnam? He said that he cares for all of them and wants them to home safely.

  5. Shattered Knight

    JFC these are straight up rap music. How is this not credited as the first rap? This music goes back to the 20s.

  6. dennis essenmacher

    Love it

  7. John Delmos


  8. Steven Black

    10-4 👍🏻

  9. Frank Smathers

    A true American !!!

  10. John Bellido

    My respect to all the vet !#

  11. Олег Калиниченко

    Перевод можно?)

  12. otumoetaipat

    we need more men like Mr Cash these days.

  13. Bill Hembree

    rip we miss you

  14. MrStinger70

    R.I.P. John. You are Missed


    Yes indeed.

  15. mammawolfe03

    who ever disliked this can kiss my ass. who's with me

  16. Angie Brimage

    There no better then these men sing from the heart

  17. Zane Starr

    Who's going to tell these kind of stories now....?

    Stephen Dunne

    T-Bone Jay u fool

    Life is as Strange as Folk Music in Valinor

    This is brilliant from a great musician he will be sorely missed. However there are some people still alive with these kind of stories: Arlo Guthrie, Dan Bern and Dave Rovics

  18. Gordon Nore

    Talking Blues goes way back. Pete Seeger credits Woody Guthrie with teaching him how to do it. Cash admired both artists. He had a very young Arlo Guthrie perform on the show. He also took heat from ABC and Screen Gems Television for putting Pete on the air during his second season.

  19. Cyber C

    Is like Rap...


    The OG: Shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

  20. 05Hogsrule

    Ive known about this song since I was a kid first hearing about it around 1972 or 3 (I was 11). This mans music was in my hip-pocket all my life. Im glad you discovered this one, and I wish you all the best in discovering all the your own time.


    the first time i discovered this song was before scrolling down and reading your comment

  21. Tylor Simpson

    god bless phil ochs

  22. b chapman

    love this song, it realy makes you think.
    r.i.p johnny and june