Luang Prabang | A Ball-Less Wonder and a Patriot

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| December 30, 2018
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Categories: People

It’s very likely we’d have wanted to punch this mouth-breather in the face if we’d ever met him in person, but…we like this song. Yes, it’s some hippie anti-war stuff but we like the beat, and interestingly many of our veteran friends like it too.

That may or may not be ironic. We’d have to ask our Grammer Nazi to know for sure, but he’s somewhere in Houston ogling hot Latinas while taste-testing osteoporosis medicines.

In any case, this is Luang Prabang by Dave Van Ronk.

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More on the artist here. Lyrics below. Image of Van Ronk from NPR.org.

Sunday Singalong: Luang Prabang

When I came back from Luang Prabang

I didn’t have a thing where my balls used to hang

But I got a wooden medal and a fine harangue

Now I’m a fucking hero

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

And now the boys all envy me

I fought for Christian democracy

With nothing but air where my balls used to be

Now I’m a fucking hero

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

One and twenty cannons thundered

Into the bloody wild blue yonder

For a patriotic balless wonder

Now I’m a fucking hero

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

In Luang Prabang there is a spot

Where the corpses of your brothers rot

And every corpse is a patriot

And every corpse is a hero

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

Mourn your dead, land of the free

If you wanna be a hero, follow me

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2 Comments

  1. David A

    Um, Dave Van Ronk is dead. The Big C got him in 2002. Where he went in the afterlife and where you eventually go will determine whether you get to punch him in the face. 😉

    FWIW, most “war songs” and “war movies” are anti-war. Hell, even The Lord of The Rings was anti-war. Look up J.R.R. Tolkien’s military service history to understand why. I don’t mind. I love the military, I loved the adrenaline rush, but all in all … war sucks.

    It is a lovely song, though, isn’t it? Perfect for the gym and the range.

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