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Ian Temple
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Vietnam Prayer


The song "Vietnam Prayer" by Ian Temple, an unknown artist from Britain, had written on the record label: "sold for medical supplies to all Vietnam". It took a satirical approach, mocking the use of religion and war: "And remember Yankee boy, when you're off to bomb Hanoi, it's for LBJ and Jesus". The narrator said that during peace time people did not pray: "religion is just a bore". But that during war, they turned to god, thus suggesting a hypocrisy: "God's a chap we want upon our side".

Note the reference to napalm: "drop some napalm for god". At the end of the song there are some specific references to Britain, such as the Prime Minister and the Polaris Missile System - the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Vietnam War Song Project
This song is dedicated to the Vietnam hawks who go to church every Sunday.

Kill a commie for Christ
if you can get a Viet that's alright
If you meet a red, better leave him dead
If you want to keep in with the almighty
Drop some napalm for God,
you can be certain that it pleases
And remember Yankee boy,
when you're off to bomb Hanoi
It's for LBJ and Jesus

Oh when it's peace, peace, peace,
religion is just a bore,
Christianity is for suckers and the poor,
But when it's war, war, war
and danger is around,
the prayers start going up
as the bombs are coming down
The usefulness of God then cannot be denied
God's a chap we want upon our side,
The Prime Minister dispatches a message up to heaven
Come back God for all is forgiven

With God on our side we'll win the war,
for war is what God is for

God's support is worth
a regiment of tanks
or a loan from the international banks
God is worth a division of marines,
God is worth 10 Polaris submarines,
God's our secret weapon
when on warfare we event
God's our independent deterrent

With God on our side we're sure to win
God will help us do the communists in
Oh Peace on Earth and Earth in pieces
Thy Kingdom Come
God bless us as we drop the bomb.

Kill a commie for Christ
if you can get a Viet that's alright
If you meet a red, better leave him dead
If you want to keep in with the almighty
Drop some napalm for God,
you can be certain that it pleases
And remember Yankee boy,
when you're off to bomb Hanoi
It's for LBJ and Jesus

Onward Yankee soldiers in the Vietnam war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before!

inviata da Lorenzo - 30/5/2020 - 14:05


Version of the translation provided with the missing lyrics filled in and one or two minor corrections. (Transcribed by ear.)

"Vietnam Hawks" refers to pro-Vietnam war advocates.
(Maximilian)

Thanks Maximilian, we updated the lyrics with your transcription.

11/2/2021 - 13:14



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