Jimmy Cliff – Vietnam

A danceable, bouncy reggae number contrasts with its own message – or conceals the pain: It is a straightforward tale of hopes raised and then absolutely dashed, as just before a soldier plans to return home, he is killed in Vietnam.

According to the National Archives, this 1969 song would still resonate with the families of  the nearly 60,000 U.S. military fatal casualties from this conflict.

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