Saturday, May 12, 2018

Vietnam veterans "still in Saigon"

I was listening to oldies on the radio and heard this song. It is one of those songs I forgot about.
When you ask a Vietnam veteran "when were you there" the usual comeback is stating a year, but "last night" comes out a lot. That is the honest answer. If you want to get an idea about PTSD, this should help get you started.

This is a great video with Charlie Daniels Band Still In Saigon


Still in Saigon
Charlie Daniels

'Got on a plane in Fresco and got off in Vietnam.
I walked into a different world, the past forever gone.
I could have 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 curse.
No place to run to where I did not feel that war.
When I got home I stayed alone and checked behind each door.
Still in Saigon
Still in Saigon
I am Still in Saigon in my mind!
The ground at home was covered with snow. And I was covered in sweat.
My younger brother calls me a killer and My daddy calls me a vet.
Everybody says that 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
Still in Saigon
Still in Saigon.
I am still in Saigon in my mind!
Every summer when it rains, I smell the jungle, I hear the planes.
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 searchin' through the sky.
All the sounds of long ago will be forever in my head.
Mingled with the wounded's cries and the silence of the dead
'Cause I'm
Still in Saigon
Still in Saigon
I am still in Saigon in my mind
Songwriters: Dan Daley
Still in Saigon lyrics © Asilomar Music