World History 2
Vietnam War Term Paper
Vietnam War and the Music
The Vietnam War is a part of history that people still debate about. They argue about what started the war and what happened in the war. But, there are a lot of different songs that describe the war and things about the war differently. The Vietnam War was a very long and gruesome war where many people died, and it was held between many different countries but originated in Vietnam. About 150,000 American troops were wounded and about 58,000 died. The songs I have chosen are relevant to the theme of the Vietnam War. These songs show the writer’s feelings during this time period in our history.
The first song that we are going to go over is “Paint It Black” by: the Rolling Stones. “This is written from the viewpoint of a person who is depressed.” It is apparent that everything in this person’s life has turned black to match their mood. This song describes how they feel about a lover who died: "I see a line of cars and they're all painted black" – They are describing the hearse and limos. “With flowers and my love both never to come back" – This is describing the flowers from the funeral and him or her in the hearse. They are talking about a heart being black or turned black because of their loss. “ "I could not foresee this thing happening to you" - It was an unexpected and sudden death.” "If I look hard enough into the setting sun, my love will laugh with me before the morning comes" - This refers to the person that has passes and went to Heaven. “I see my red door and it has been painted black” – They are telling you that their heart being the red door has been painted black with either depression and sorrow or hatred. “Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts” – This states that they are in a deep depression and they want to stay that way so they don’t have to feel the pain. This song was written because the war changed many of people and how...
Cited: Jack Doyle, “Paint It Black, 1966-2000s,” PopHistoryDig.com, March 19, 2009.
Matt Dolloff, “Rolling Stones Record “Paint it Black”: Rock N’ Roll Diary Extra,” http://wzlx.radio.com, March 6, 2012
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