Ballad of the Green Berets Barry Sadler

The song Ballad of the Green Barets was written by Barry Sadler in 1963 and released in January 1, 1966. Some other popular snogs written by Barry Sadler are Troopers Lament, Saigon, Badge of Courage, and many more.

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The lyrics of this song are:

Fighting soldiers from the sky. Fearless men who jump and die. Men who mean just what they say. The brave men of the Green Beret.

Silver wings upon their chest. These are men, America's best. One hundred men will test today. But only three win the Green Beret.

Trained to live off nature's land. Trained in combat, hand-to-hand. Men who fight by night and day. Courage peak from the Green Berets.

Silver wings upon their chest. These are men, America's best. One hundred men will test today. But only three win the Green Beret.

Back at home a young wife waits. Her Green Beret has met his fate. He has died for those oppressed. Leaving her his last request.

Put silver wings on my son's chest. Make him one of America's best. He'll be a man they'll test one day. Have him win the Green Beret.

Analysis: The first stanza is about showing the courage and how brave the Green Beret soldiers are. The second and fourth stanza are about how hard it is to become a Green Baret showing how prestigious they are, "One hundred men will test today. But only three win the Green Beret." The third stanza is also about showing how prestigious they are by saying, "Courage peak from the Green Berets." The fifth stanza changes in mood negatively by saying, "Her Green Beret has met his fate. He has died for those oppressed." The line explains how families were on edge hoping that their father or husband will not get killed. The last stanza switches back to a delighted sort of mood when it says, "Put silver wings on my son's chest. Make him one of America's best."

This song relates to the time period because America was battling North Vietnam. The song gave hope and pride to the people at home and the soldiers fighting the war. America was also involved in the Cold War at the time so America had to look more powerful and intimidating to other countries. This song helped show how american soldiers were highly thought of and it kept America's hope up. The overall impression of this song is to show how hard a life of the soldiers are and how the Green Barets are the most prestige soldiers in the Vietnam War.

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