"8th of November" as written by John D. Rich and Kenny Alphin....
He said goodbye to his momma
As he left South Dakota
To fight for the red white and blue
He was nineteen and green with a new M-16
Just doing what he had to do

He was dropped in the jungle
Where the choppers would rumble
With the smell of napalm in the air

The the Sargent said:
"Look up ahead"
Like a dark evil cloud
Twelve hundred came down
On him and twenty nine more
They fought for their lives
But most of them died
In the 173rd airborne

[Chorus]
On the eighth of November
The angels were crying
As they carried his brothers away
With the fire raining down
And the hell all around
There were few men left standing that day
Saw the eagle fly through a clear blue sky
1965, the eighth of November

Now he's fifty eight and his ponytail's gray
But the battle still plays in his head
He limps when he walks
But he's strong when he talks
About the shrapnel
They left in his leg

He puts on a grey suit
Over his airborne tattoo
And he ties it on one time a year
And remembers the fallen
As he orders a tall-one
And swallows it down with his tears

[Chorus]

Saw the eagle fly through a clear blue sky
1965

On the eighth of November
The angels were crying
As they carried his brothers away
With the fire raining down
And the hell all around
There were few men left standing that day

[Chorus]

Eighth of November

He said goodbye to his momma
As he left South Dakota
To fight for the red white and blue
He was nineteen and green with a new M-16
Just doing what he had to do


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"8th of November" as written by John D. Rich Kenny Alphin

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    General CommentBeautiful song, the meaning is kind of obvious. Technically about Niles Harris in war zone "D" in operation Hump in Vietnam, and how he fought for his country and how he saw so many of his friends and fellow soldiers die right in front of him.

    But in a more general view, this song might be describable for any soldier who fought in Vietnam, the feeling of fighting for your country, but also the feeling over knowing that you're probably going to die and that all your friends are dying before your eyes.

    I don't usually like country, but this is an amazing song.
    ^exeF.on June 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first song about vietnam not a protest.
    And please correct me if I am wrong, but this is the first and only song about vietnam.
    Tuwyon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti highly doubt this is the 'first and only' song about vietnam
    renthead4on September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. Definitely my favorite B&R song. It was a stupid war but they sacrificed their lives and their innocence to a cause they didn't even understand. They should be honored. This song somehow seems calming, it makes me feel better to hear it say, "On the 8th of November the angels were crying as they carried his brothers away." It's so sad. I can see it.
    Deladeuson December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHear this song is like looking at a painting of Vietnam. It is beautiful. My grampa was there that day. He can tell some stories about it. Some pretty graphic, like losing his helmet and picking on up off the ground and brains fell out. He said "I didn't mind, though. I was doing what I had to do for my fellow troops and America. I was fighting for what I loved." Luckily, all he camet back with a was minor gunwound and a purple heart. Although I love to hear his stories, some of them can last around 3 hours. I interviewed him as an assignment once, and I learned more from him than I did in any books.
    HHXHHXon July 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome song about vietnam, i can't really say anything else that has already been said besides there are definetley more songs about vietnam. Rooster, by Alice in Chains, is about the war
    TheDouglasson August 10, 2008   Link

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