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"Ohio" lyrics by Neil Young
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Charley Harvilicz » I'm 62 years old, and a U.S. Veteran (Navy Submarine Service) Had a Brother in country (Viet Nam)when this happened. I still cry when I think about it. What the hell use, What is it really all about, was my grandfathers, My Fathers, mine and my Brothers service to this country, when our own Government can do something like this? The way things are going now, you might think we may see it again. Don't think so, though, Kids cared more about things then......or so it seems.
Jessica » This song tells a very intense and tragic story about a real life incident that happened at one of the hardest times in America. Every time I hear it, the hairs on my arms stand up. It took a lot of courage for someone to write that song. Neil Young totally changed the history of rock and roll when that song was wrote.
Kaleigh » Here i sit, listening to Ohio. I am sixteen years old, and already I am given a great does of growing up. Our country is not always right, the place that i live for my life, is far from being perfect. & it's apalling to hear about the National Guard shooting those students. Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer I am not in college yet, they were older than i am now, but yet, i try to put myself in their position. In many ways gives me courage to stand up for what I believe in. as you can see, they did not die in vain. Peace. Not War.
Bob » I'm a 40 year old soldier in Iraq. I have always loved the song, though maybe not purely for its original intention. For me, "Find the cost of freedom buried in the ground." is a poignant paradox when applied to both protesters (in general) and soldiers (in general). They have both shed their blood for our nation and our freedoms. I'm no relativist, but in our country the conflict between camps is vital to our freedom and it's often not clear who's right in intent and even harder to tell who's right in action. Finally, if that sounds like I am okay with the Kent state killings, I'm not. It just makes me think of the bigger picture.
Guy » I was a Marine in Vietnam but I'll skip the posturing. And how tender
my feelings are. The Ohio National Guard was called out by the Governor
of Ohio, not Nixon.
The Ohio Guardsmen should have had their weapons confiscated and shoved up their ass. It was very depressing that many people supported this armed and dangerous mob. (the Guardsmen, not the students)
One of the reasons for military training is "fire discipline" -- learning not to shoot just whenever you feel like it. No matter if you are tired and stressed and angry.
I didn't grow up in the Kent State era, however, I was raised on the
music of CSN&Y and the belief that social justice and standing up
what's right is tantamount. In college I did a project on protest music
during the Vietnam era. Much to my chagrin, my group members wondered
why I was so passionate about including "Ohio" in our focus. Are we so
far removed from standing up for what's right that we can't hear the
merit and raw emotion in pieces of art such as this? If that's true,
than we've learned nothing and will be traveling back to that era
wraught with turbulence; not to mention we've been desensitized to the
value of human life and the hurt caused by its loss. Neil Young created
a masterpiece that should be included with academic study of this
period in history. Thanks for having the nerve to put it all out there
for the consumption of the human heart!
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memoranda from the director of operations: "I thought I heard the command to fire."
Jeff Miller memories The Heretik: The Heretik Remembers the Boy from Diamond Drive
THE VIETNAM WAR SONG PAGE
AxisofLogic/ Civil Rights/Human Rights good pix
Discussion: Was The Kent State Shooting Justified?
Progressive Independent - Viewing topic
May 4, 1970, Four Dead in Ohio - TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime
G. Mick Smith, PhD: 3rd Period, US History, Extra Credit sites
Four Dead in Ohio
Vietnam War as a Digital History
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"Ohio" lyrics by Neil Young
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