[Vinnie Paz]
Yeah, I don't know why I'm over here, this job is evil
They sent me here to Vietnam to kill innocent people
My mother always said, "The president, he doesn't care"
He tryin' to leave the footprints of America here
They say we tryin' to stop Chinese expansion
But I ain't seen no Chinese since we landed
Sent my whole entire unit thinkin' we could win
Against the Viet Cong guerrillas there in Gia Dinh
I didn't sign up to kill women or any children
For every enemy soldier, we killin' six civilians
Yeah, and it ain't right to me
I ain't got enough of motherfuckin' fight in me
It frightens me, and I just wanna see my son and moms
But over here, they droppin' seven million tons of bombs
I spent my days dodgin' all these booby-traps and mines
And at night, prayin' to God that I get back alive
And I'm forced to sit back and wonder
Why I was a part of Operation Rolling Thunder
In a foxhole with nine months left here
Jungle like the fuckin' harbinger of death here

I don't wanna be here, I'm scared, I just wanna go home
(You fuckin' kiddin' me? Don't be a pussy, don't you love your country?)
(I like being here, I'm ready)

[R.A. the Rugged Man]
True story
Call me Thorburn, John H., staff sergeant
Marksman, skillin, killin', illin', I'm able and willin'
Kill a village elephant, rapin' and pillage a village
Illegitimate killers, US Military guerrillas
This ain't no real war, Vietnam shit
World War II, that's a war, this is just a military conflict
Soothin' drug abusin', Vietnamese women screwin'
Sex, gambling and boozin', all this shit is amusin'
Bitches and guns, this is every man's dream
I don't wanna go home where I'm just an ordinary human being
Special Op, Huey chopper gun ship run shit
Gook run when the minigun spit, won't miss
Kill shit, spit four-thousand bullets a minute
Vic the Charlie, hit trigger, hit it, I'm in it to win it
Get it, the lieutenant hinted, the villain, I been it
The killing, I did it, cripple, did it, pictures I painted is vivid, live it
A wizard with weapons, the secret mission, we 'bout to begin it
Government funded, behind enemy lines
Bullets is sprayin', it's heatin' up a hundred degrees
The enemies the North Vietnamese, bitch please
Ain't no sweat, I'm told, "Be at ease"
Until I see the pilot got hit, and we 'bout to hit some trees
Tail rotor broke, crash land
American man in Cambodia, right in the enemy hand
Take a swig of the Whiskey to calm us
Them yellow men wearin' black pajamas, they wanna harm us
They all up on us, bang, bang, bullet hit my chest, feel no pain
To my left, the captain caught a bullet right in his brain
Body parts flyin', loss of limbs, explosions
Bad intentions, I see my best friend's intestines
Pray to the one above, it's raining, I'm covered in mud
I think I'm dyin', I feel dizzy, I'm losin' blood
I see my childhood, I'm back in the arms of my mother
I see my whole life, I see Christ, I see bright lights
I see Israelites, Muslims and Christians at peace, no fights
Black, Whites, Asians, people of all types
I must've died, then I woke up, surprised I'm alive
I'm in a hospital bed, they rescued me, I survived
I escaped the war, came back, but ain't escape Agent Orange
Two of my kids born handicapped
Spastic, quadriplegia, micro cephalic
Cerebral palsy, cortical blindness, name it, they had it
My son died, he ain't live, but I still try to think positive
'Cause in life, God take, God give


Lyrics submitted by B-line, edited by xdixon1999

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    General CommentThis song is made 100 times better because it is true. The story of Staff Sgt John H Thorburn, and his kids were born spastic, with quadriplegia, micro cephalic, Cerebal Palsy, cortical blindness. R.I.P to him and the kids he's lost. This song is fucking bossed by RA those first 10-15 seconds owned it for me. No wonder it won rap verse of the year.
    Caltraon May 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery intense record. About Vietnam, and the effects of it on everyone, from the civilians to the vets. Agent Orange came through all the war, and ruined the lives of many of these people. This song really displays how bad it was.

    On RA's verse, he wrote it from the words of his father. He basically rapped his father's experience in Vietnam, so it makes it that much more crazy.
    MF Smokeon May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is intense. its just mainly about the evil of vietnam and the little we know about what happened. people hate vietnam vets and they cant fucking imagine what they went through. some of those people would shit their fucking pants flying over vietnam in the sixties and seventies...............

    JMT is amazing
    ken291on May 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTh RA's verse, he's basicaly telling the story through his fathers eyes, and all the things he's says in the last part about "aint escape Agent Orange" is true. RA's 1 of the best rappers out there raw and rough but tells it how it is, another good RA song is Chains.
    sphynx01on August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTh RA's verse, he's basicaly telling the story through his fathers eyes, and all the things he's says in the last part about "aint escape Agent Orange" is true. RA's 1 of the best rappers out there raw and rough but tells it how it is, another good RA song is Chains.
    sphynx01on August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTh RA's verse, he's basicaly telling the story through his fathers eyes, and all the things he's says in the last part about "aint escape Agent Orange" is true. RA's 1 of the best rappers out there raw and rough but tells it how it is, another good RA song is Chains.
    sphynx01on August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRA, your mindblowingly fast internally-rhymed lines are orgasm-inducing.
    ClickForthon November 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRA's verse is the best on the album and best verse of the year, a solid fucking minute of lyrical perfection.
    bringeroflighton December 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome visuals. The first time I heard this song I got fuckin' chills all over. The lyricism is fantastic! One of JMT's greatest. RA's verse is by far one of the greatest I've ever heard him spit.
    convinceon November 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Marksman, skill in killin', illin', I'm able and willin'
    Kill a village elephant, rapin' and pillage a village
    Illegitimate killers, US Military guerrillas"

    wow, i think this is probably one of the greatest parts of any verse to ever exist. sure, RA's whole verse is excellent but this part just fucking kills it. some of the sickest multis EVER.
    buggie92on October 27, 2009   Link

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