Galveston Bay - Bruce Springsteen  

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Fifteen years Le Bing Son 
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Fought side by side with the Americans 
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In the mountains and deltas of Vietnam 

 
In '75 Saigon fell  
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and he left his command 
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And brought his family to the promised land 

 
Seabrook Texas and the small towns  
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In the Gulf of Mexico 
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It was delta country and reminded him of home 

 
He worked as a machinist, put his money away 
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And bought a shrimp boat with his cousin 
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And together they harvested Galveston Bay 
 
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In the mornin' 'fore the sun come up 
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He'd kiss his sleepin' daughter 
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Steer out through the channel 
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And casts his nets into the water 

 
Billy Sutter fought with Charlie Company 
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In the highlands of Quang Tri 
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He was wounded in the battle of Chu Lai 
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And shipped home in '68 

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There he married and worked the gulf fishing grounds 
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In a boat that'd been his father's 
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In the morning he'd kiss his sleeping son 
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And cast his nets into the water 

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Billy sat in front of his TV as the south fell 
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And the Communists rolled into Saigon 

He and his friends watched as the refugees came 
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Settle on the same streets and worked the coast they grew up on 

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Soon in the bars around the harbor was talk 
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Of America for Americans 
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Someone said, "You want 'em out, you got to burn 'em out" 
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And brought in the Texas klan 

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One humid Texas night there were three shadows on the harbor 
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Come to burn the Vietnamese boats into the sea 

In the fire's light shots rang out 
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Two Texans lay dead on the ground 
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Le stood with a pistol in his hand 

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A jury acquitted him in self defense 
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As before the judge he did stand 
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But as he walked down the courthouse steps 
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Billy said "My friend, you're a dead man" 

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One late summer night Le stood watch along the waterside 

Billy stood in the shadows 
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His K-bar knife in his hand 
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And the moon slipped behind the clouds 
 
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Le lit a cigarette, the bay was as still as glass 

As he walked by Billy stuck his knife into his pocket 
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Took a breath and let him pass 

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In the early darkness Billy rose up 
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Went into the kitchen for a drink of water 
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Kissed his sleeping wife 
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Headed into the channel 
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And casts his nets into the water 
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Of Galveston Bay 

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