YOU TOOK MY PICTURE  

©1998 music and words by John R. Black, ℗ 42nd Street Music Seattle

You took my picture

Before I died

You took my picture

And then you cried
I was a soldier in Chu Lai

I'm not coming home anymore
(Robert Capa, Life Magazine, Killed by a land mine near Thai Binh in North Vietnam May 25, 1954)
You took my picture

Up near Danang

You took my picture

Those bullets sang
I was a crew chief in '65

I'm not coming home anymore
(Larry Burrows, Life Magazine, Shot down in a helicopter headed into Laos Feb 10, 1971)
Pictures covered in red

Pictures covered in blue

You took my picture
Then you died too

Pictures covered in red

Pictures covered in blue
Just take my picture

So I can be with you

You took my picture

In the battle of Hue
You took my picture

I started to pray

I was a Marine in '68
I'm not coming home anymore
(Dickey Chapelle, National Observer, Killed by an exploding mine booby trap near Chu Lai, South Vietnam November 4, 1965)
You took my picture

Up near Lang Vei

You took my picture

I died anyway
I fought near Laos in '71

I'm not coming home anymore
(Henry Huet, Life Magazine, Killed February 10, 1971 along with Larry Burrows of Life, Kent Potter of UPI and Keizaburo Shimamoto of Newsweek when the South Vietnamese helicopter they were riding in was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.)
Pictures covered in red

Pictures covered in blue

You took my picture
Then you died too

Pictures covered in red

Pictures covered in blue
Just take my picture

So I can be with you

Pictures covered in red
Pictures covered in blue

You took my picture

Then you died too
Pictures covered in red

Pictures covered in blue
Hey Mom he took my picture

Now I'm never going to see you 

Song inspired by Requiem, Random House, New York 1997 dedicated to the 135 photographers of different nations who are known to have died or to have disappeared while covering the wars in Indochina, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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