From Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan, songwriters have given voice to the struggles of soldiers who served in Vietnam. Many of these songs have earned their place on “classics” or “oldies” lists of hits. It’s time to give a few of these songs a second listen and learn about their intriguing perspectives.
For example, “Born in the U.S.A.” may be a stadium-sized hit, but Springsteen’s lyrics are a snide commentary on how a country can forget about its veterans and the difficulties they face once they’ve returned from the war. Another iconic song, Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” captured the restless and frustrated spirit of the anti-war generation – the same generation that would serve in Vietnam.
“How many roads must a man walk down,
before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail,
before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly,
before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
the answer is blowin’ in the wind.”
The Vietnam War has also been captured on film. Learn more about the top 10 Vietnam War films here.