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On December 1, 1969 the Selective Service System
of the United States conducted two draft lotteries to choose
the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for
men born from January 1, 1944 to December 31, 1950.
These lotteries occurred during a period of conscription
in the United States that lasted from 1947 to 1973. It was
the first time a lottery system had been used to select
men for military service since 1942.- I am sure some of
them were at Woodstock and they only found their peace
in shallow jungle graves.


Summer Sheep Meadows
\\\///~August 15th, 1969~\\\///


I remember my Woodstock days
though some of it’s still foggy
from that haze of hemp
and its strong skunk stench
plus other highs that left me groggy.

Just seventeen in those fields of green
at a farm that they called Yasgurs
among a half a million I stood sheepishly
A flower child in his dairy cow pastures.

We were all like sheep
shaggy and unkempt
living on a grass-based diet
snug in blankets of wool
cause the nights got cool
where we loved everyone unbiased.

All herded together, from society shorn
to the straights, we all were strange, shockers
celebrating the music in a world left war-torn
of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker.

I was on the lam, I’d run away from home
cause my life there was a total bummer
they castrated my dreams
and the music I played
so I found paradise that Summer

Sharing a brief escape from the boring Norms
with tickets made of acid blotter
escaping the draft and its bone-chilling storms
that sent young dreamers off to be fodder
that sent young dreamers off to be fodder.

Yet sadly so many young men who returned
would be sent off to government slaughter
in one of it’s greatest bungles in Vietnam’s jungles
leaving many grieving parent's eyes watered.

They traded Woodstock’s sweet peace
for the wood stock’s of a rifle
in a long fight for survival.
and 58,000 men’s lives would cease
in a conflict that wound up with just retreat
just retreat.......

But some folks up near Yasgurs
famous farm in New York
Have observed some strange sightings
that they seldom report
the spirits of soldiers
gather late for three nights
in the midst of those fields
where they once found delight.

Celebrating sweet peace
before they all were lost
fighting for the same damn thing
at a terrible cost,
and the spirits of Hendrix
Janis Joplin and Cocker
Play a much smaller concert
for these lambs to the slaughter
for these lambs to the slaughter
for these lambs to the slaughter....

that ends before sunrise
at a most haunting time
from August 15th to the 18th
just like in 1969…….
just like in 1969

“Godspeed my brothers
Godspeed,
Peace to you and yours
forever……”

Phenomenal music by-
Ingvar Tautra-©-2020
Lyrics & vocals by-
Matthew Frederick Blowers III-
©-2020

Last edited by MFB III; 01/11/20 11:06 PM.