Handsome Jonny Richie Havens

Born on January 21, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, American folk singer Richie Havens is indelibly linked to the Woodstock generation. Having come from 2 musically talented parents gave Richie an early passion for music. After starting out performing in neighborhood doo-wop and gospel groups, Havens moved to Greenwich Village, where he picked up the guitar and started performing in coffee houses. After releasing several studio albums, Havens opened the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He died on April 22, 2013, at the age of 72.

Handsome Johnny is a song about soldiers going to war. It talked about marching in the fields of concord, Gettysburg, Dunkirk, Korea, Vietnam and Birmingham, all which are major wars in the 19th century. This song also peaks without saying it directly about the powerful meaning of “fight for what you believe in” or in other words if you believe in something so strongly you are going to have to fight for it

Lyrics

Hey, look yonder, tell me what's that you see

Marching to the fields of Concord?

It looks like Handsome Johnny with a musket in his hand,

Marching to the Concord war, hey marching to the Concord war.

Hey, look yonder, tell me what you see

Marching to the fields of Gettysburg?

It looks like Handsome Johnny with a flintlock in his hand,

Marching to the Gettysburg war, hey marching to the Gettysburg war.

Hey, look yonder, tell me what's that you see

Marching to the fields of Dunkirk?

It looks like Handsome Johnny with a carbine in his hand,

Marching to the Dunkirk war, hey marching to the Dunkirk war.

Hey, look yonder, tell me what you see

Marching to the fields of Korea?

It looks like Handsome Johnny with an M1 in his hand,

Marching to the Korean war, hey marching to the Korean war.

Hey, look yonder, tell me what you see

Marching to the fields of Vietnam?

It looks like Handsome Johnny with an M15,

Marching to the Vietnam war, hey marching to the Vietnam war.

Hey, look yonder, tell me what you see

Marching to the fields of Birmingham?

It looks like Handsome Johnny with his hand rolled in a fist,

Marching to the Birmingham war, hey marching to the Birmingham war.

Hey, it's a long hard road, it's a long hard road,

It's a long hard road, before we'll be free.

Hey, what's the use of singing this song, some of you are not even listening.

Tell me what it is we've got to do: wait for our fields to start glistening,

Wait for the bullets to start whistling.

Here comes a hydrogen bomb, here comes a guided missile,

Here comes a hydrogen bomb: I can almost hear its whistle.

Credits:

Created with images by David Swift Photography Thanks for 20 million view - "Richie Havens" • Officer Phil - "Richie Havens By Phil Konstantin" • grenade - "richie havens @ MFA"

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