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Song of war #3 – Du Mục (The Herd)

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Refugees in Saigon, May 1968 ~ pc Stripes.com

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Song of war #4 – Hãy Sống Giùm Tôi (Live for Me)

It is not easy at all to choose a couple of songs from Trịnh Công Sơn for any list of ten songs about the Vietnam War.   The first of his five albums in the Sing for the Vietnamese Country series – Hát Cho Quê Hương Việt Nam – is a masterpiece that must be listened from top to bottom.  It is not a surprise that both of my selections come from that album.

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Hãy Sống Giùm TôiLive for Me or Please Live For Me – is perhaps the simplest composition in the entire album: musically, perhaps; linguistically, definitely.  It took me, what, all of six or seven minutes to translate the lyrics – half of the time on two or three lines.

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