erschien im Oktober 2001


Song for Hugh Thompson

(M./T.: David Rovics)


Hugh Thompson was a pilot, just like many more
Fighting for Old Glory on a far-off, foreign shore
He was on a lethal mission, only one of many
Following his orders to kill the enemy


He flew low above the village, searching for the foe
When he saw a wounded child on the path below
He thought this to be a sure sign that the enemy was near
So he radioed for back-up and more choppers did appear


"Help the wounded," he cried out, "and beware of an attack"
And then the child died by a bullet through her back
And when he looked around for the culprits of the scene
It was a company of men in U.S. military green.


The dead were in the hundreds, strewn all around
In this place called My Lai, which once had been a town
There was a hut of huddled children, soldiers had them in their sights
Hugh decided at that moment to fight for what was right.


Train your weapons on the G.I.'s," and his 'copter crews obeyed
And stood among the children, tattered and afraid
The whole town had been murdered, but for some kids and widowed wives
And Hugh Thompson made sure that those remaining would survive.


It was a fifteen-minute stand-off in a knee-deep sea of red
Amidst the moaning of the dying and the silence of the dead
Hugh Thompson was a soldier and he served his country well
On the day he saved the lives of a dozen kids in hell.

Hugh Thompson, ein ehemaliger Helikopterpilot der US-Armee, galt als Held, weil er 1968 in My Lai ein Blutbad durch US-Truppen verhindert hat. Er stellte sich mit dem Helikopter samt Crew in der Schusslinie zwischen Bodentruppen und Zivilisten und richteten die Waffen auf die eigenen Bodentruppen, um weiteres Blutvergießen zu verhindern.