I DON'T STAND ALONE (PERRY FRIEDMAN) (1968)

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Lyrics as reprinted in Gert Raeithel, et. al., Vietnamkrieg und Literatur, Munich, 1972, p. 133
© 1968

My Name is David Mitchell,
I am twenty two years old,
I refuse to fight in Vietnam,
And that's a crime, I'm told.
I refuse to kill in Vietnam
Good folks like my own,
And I know I'm in the right, judge,
And I don't stand alone.

The U. S. judge in Nuremberg
Who judged the Nazi crimes
Said killing's just as bad a sin
When it's done six million times,
I wouldn't do it once, judge,
I never could atone,
And I know I'm in the right, judge,
And I don't stand alone.

I saw the moving pictures
Of homes in napalm flames,
I saw men burning children,
Men with American names.
To fly those wicked missions,
I'd never leave my home,
And I know I'm in the right, judge,
And I don't stand alone.

They dragged me in this courtroom
'Cause I won't play their game,
I won't burn peaceful villages,
Won't torture, gas, or maim.
Thou shalt not kill, the Lord said,
That's what I learned at home,
And I know I'm in the right, judge,
And I don't stand alone.

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