Philip Nel > Courses > American Studies 201: Introduction to American Studies (Spring 1998) > Selected Songs About Vietnam > "Still in Saigon"
 
Still in Saigon
(Dan Daley)
As Performed by the Charlie Daniels Band (1981)
 
Got on a plane in 'Frisco and got off in Vietnam
I walked into a different world, the past forever gone
I could've gone to Canada or I could have stayed in school
But I was brought up differently -- I couldn't break the rules
 
Thirteen months and fifteen days -- the last ones were the worst
One minute I kneel down and pray and the next I stand and cure
No place to run to where I did not feel that war
When I got home I stayed alone and checked behind each door
'Cause I'm...
 
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Still in Saigon,
Still in Saigon
I am still in Saigon
In my mind
 
The ground at home was covered in snow and I was covered with sweat
My younger brother calls me a killer and my daddy calls me a vet
Everybody says I'm someone else, that I'm sick and there's no cure
Damned if I know who I am -- there was only one place I was sure
When I was...
 
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Every summer when it rains,
I smell the jungle, I hear the flames
I can't tell no one -- I feel ashamed
Afraid someday I'll go insane
 
That's been ten long years ago and time has gone on by
But now and then I catch myself, eyes searching through the sky
All the sounds from long ago will be forever in my head
Mingled with the wounded cries and the silence of the dead.
'Cause I'm...
 
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