My Uncle" by Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons

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"My Uncle" by Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons The song lyrics from "My Uncle" by Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons, depicts the fears that the draftees were undergoing. They were faced with the tremendous weight of being involved in something that they didn't necessary want to do. They were asked to fight for the government in a war that most did not want to be apart of. The reasons varied, many just didn't want to be involved. They were asked to put there life on hold, to go to the jungles and fight for a cause which was unclear to most. The phrase in the song "Now I don't know how much I owe my uncle I expect that it's more than I can pay" This acknowledges that the country has done a lot for the people, but he is not ready yet to put his life on the line for the country. Serving for America would compensate for his freedom; fleeing to the boarder was his option to avoid the draft. He took the easy way out, distancing himself from the problem, rather than facing it head on. In a war fighting should be done with honor, for yourself and for the country that you are fighting for. If you fought a war that you did not want to be apart of, you would not be fighting for glory. Instead the fighting would be because you have to, where the participants are fighting for there lives. When you have to do something/forced you are not full heartily putting your best efforts into it. If it was a war fought due to honor and glory more people would have put their lives on the line in order to maintain a presence and win. The Vietnamese people were battling for themselves; they were fighting the people attacking their homeland. Fighting on your homeland brings up many more issues of honor and gratitude to the country. Vietnam is a rigorous terrain jungle, a war zone and a mess, the expected was unknown. Scarred emotions would come up; this person

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