Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation by Tom Paxton

Who is the artist? The artist is Tom Paxton.

What is the name of the song? Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation.

When was is recorded or released? The song was produced in 1965.

What other (if any) famous songs do they sing? Tom Paxton has made many other records but his most popular consist of The Last Thing On My Mind and I Wonder Where I'm Bound, both off of his album Ramblin' Boy.

What do you think the lyrics of the song mean? (Line by line, verse by verse) The lyrics mainly mean that Lyndon Johnson is drafting troops and sending them to Vietnam but not because its a war, but to protect South Vietnam.

How do they relate to or reflect the time period? It relates to the United States trying to help South Vietnam and fighting against the Viet Cong. They tried to avoid a full blown war, although it later escalated into one.

What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular? The song was released in 1965, which was during the period where the United States support escalated into war with the Viet Cong, which lasted until 1967.

What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song? The real message of the song was the reality of how Lyndon Johnson handled the war and end up putting us into a war we shouldn't have been in.

Lyndon Johnson told the nation,

"Have no fear of escalation.

I am trying everyone to please.

Though it isn't really war,

We're sending fifty thousand more,

To help save Viet nam from Viet Namese."

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