Song of the day – Big & Rich – 8th Of November

“8th Of November”

Said goodbye to his momma as he left South Dakota
To fight for the red, white and blue
He was 19 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
And the sergeant said…look up ahead
Like a dark evil cloud, 1,200 came down on him and 29 more
They fought for their lives but most of them died in the 173rd Airborne[Chorus:]
On the 8th 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 8th of November

Now he’s 58 and his pony tail’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 gray 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 8th of November the angels were crying
As they carried his brother away
With the fire raining down and the hell all around
There were few men left standing that day

[Chorus]

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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3 Responses to Song of the day – Big & Rich – 8th Of November

  1. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Beautiful song.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. auscitizenmom says:

    I had just started college and was pretty much wrapped up in myself. It was a few more years before I realized anything about the war. I never watched TV because I was too busy studying.

    Like

  3. czarowniczy says:

    On 8 November 1965 I’d just enlisted, 5 days previously, and was in basic training. Oddly enough I enlisted on Czarina’s birthday but wouldn’t know that for another 14 years.

    Liked by 3 people

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