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Excerpt: "We shoot the sick, the young, the lame, We do our best to maim, Because the kills all count the same, Napalm sticks to kids."

Sunday Song: Covered Wagon Musicians | Napalm Sticks to Kids

By Covered Wagon Musicians, YouTube

16 May 2021

ery interesting backstory on the Covered Wagon Musicians. CWM was formed by a group of active duty U.S. Air Force members, most apparently airmen, stationed at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho in the early 1970s. That lends a great deal of credibility to the lyrics in their songs, and when you listen to the lyrics you'll understand why that's important.

CWM also established The Covered Wagon Coffeehouse, in Mountain Home, Idaho, which was burned in a likely arson attack. The link in the letter to The New York Times below by Noam Chomsky, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory, Robert Lifton, et al. chronicles the cafe's creation, mission, and the circumstances of the arson attack.

This was a band that was not well known or noted even during the Vietnam War. The idea of active duty military members documenting U.S. atrocities in Vietnam appears to have been a little too much for the U.S. media to handle.

The members of the band are listed as:

A1C John Carson
A1C Dave Davis
Sgt. Tom Derreck
Sgt. Patrick Henry
A1C George Herkert
A1C Al Kramer
A1C Joe Massaro
Carolyn Mugar
Vic Pacania
Airman Penny Rand
A1C Jim Schaffer
A1C Tom Spaulding

Additional reading:

We Say No To Your War (1972)

The Covered Wagon, letter to The New York Times by,

Noam Chomsky, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory, Robert Lifton, et al._

Lyrics, Napalm Sticks to Kids by The Covered Wagon Musicians
From the 1972 album We Say No To Your War (1972)

We shoot the sick, the young, the lame,
We do our best to maim,
Because the kills all count the same,

Napalm sticks to kids.

Flying low across the trees,
Pilots doing what they please,
Dropping frags on refugees,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Goods in the open, making hay,
But I can hear the gunships say,
"There′ll be no Chieu Hoi today,"
Napalm sticks to kids.

See those farmers over there,
Watch me get them with a pair,
Blood and guts just everywhere,
Napalm sticks to kids.

I've only seen it happen twice,
But both times it was mighty nice,
Shooting peasants planting rice,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Napalm, son, is lots of fun,
Dropped in a bomb or shot from a gun,
It gets the gooks when on the run,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Drop some napalm on a farm,
It won′t do them any harm,
Just burn off their legs and arms,
Napalm sticks to kids.

CIA with guns for hire,
Montagnards around a fire,
Napalm makes the fire go higher,
Napalm sticks to kids.

I've been told it's not so neat,
To catch gooks burning in the street,
But burning flesh, it smells to sweet,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Children sucking on a mother′s tit,
Wounded gooks down in a pit,
Dow Chemical doesn′t give a shit,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Bombadiers don't care a bit,
Just as long as the pieces fit,
When you stuff the bodies in a pit,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Eighteen kids in a No Fire Zone,
Rooks under arms and going home,
Last in line goes home alone,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Chuck in a sampan, sitting in the stern,
They don′t think their boats will burn,
Those damn gooks will never learn,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Cobras flying in the sun,
Killing gooks is lots of fun,
Get one pregnant and it's two for one,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Shoot civilians where they sit,
Take some pictures as you split,
All your life you′ll remember it,
Napalm sticks to kids.

NVA are all hard core,
Flechettes never are a bore,
Throw those PSYOPS out the door,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Gather kids as you fly over town,
By throwing candy on the ground,
Then grease 'em when they gather ′round,
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