vietnam war

vietnam war

The Barons - Don't Burn It

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Vietnam War songs: http://rateyourmusic.com/list/Gershwin/vietnam_war_song_project Burning draft cards often took place at the early anti-war demonstrations. President Johnson subsequently prohibited the destruction of draft cards in an amendment to the Universal Military Training and Service Act in August 1965. The arrest of David O'Brien in 1966 for burning his draft card led to a Supreme Court Case on the First Amendment (see David Paul O'Brien v. USA, US Court of Appeals). Garage rock band the Barons, from Fort Worth, Texas, dealt with this issue - the narrator received a draft card that said: "Don't Burn It" (Brownfield Records # BF-1035). The song looked at the choice that faced many young people - study (to avoid the draft), fight in Vietnam, or protest (possibly through draft dodging). It referenced "1A" - military classification for those "eligible for military service". Song written by J. Nitzinger. "You sit there contemplating Worrying about my generation... People take us for nothing but fools... We either fight or go to school I go to school and I still can't learn And I get a little card that says don't burn Go to the draftboard one fine day Sergent says, boy your 1A Study hard and really learn So we don't get a card That says Don't Burn!" The narrator then takes on the perspective of a soldier in Vietnam: "So here I sit with blood in my eyes Bullets flying around like flies Why I'm here, I can't realise"