Ride With Me
"I was there, I was always
on the defense about what I did in Vietnam. The older vets will tell you Truck Driver!!! What did you do in Vietnam???
I have also heard from Nam Vets. Well bro come ride with me.
Ride with me today on QL 19 on the way to Pleiku.
Ride with me to An Khe, as we ride on dirt and some pavement left over from the french.
Ride with me past the South Viet Compound where they have M-16's, you still have M-14's
for which there is no place to put in reaching distance.
Ride with me past the Korean's on the bridges and you wonder who was shooting at you
last night on An Khe pass as you came up to camp.
Ride with me to the horseshoe turn at the top of the pass where poppasan turned his
truck over in the middle of the road and can't go up or down, start to sweat then.
Come with me to the waterfall beside the road to fill your canteen and the 2nd louie
hollars at you to get back in your truck and you think, what for its a bigger target than I am.
Ride with me to the assembly point at An Khe where the MP's turn South Vietnamese loose
1st. I never figured out if this was policy to clear the roads of mines or just another way of messing with us.
Ride with me in this M-52 gas burner that was on its last legs when they gave it to
me along with a 5 gallon can of oil.
Ride with me as we get to Mang Yang pass, makes you kind of sick to hear the noise,
one truck already down, you seen it on the wrecker that the powers be blessed you with.
Ride with me as you nurse this piece of crap to the top of the hill praying, lord get
me off this pass.
Ride with me as you break the top and the hook passes you, one in tow, none for you.
Ride with me as the gun jeep pulls up beside of you and the Sgt. asks "is that all that
thing can do?" you think for yourself, can't he hear that rod knocking.
Ride with me as he says 5th Special Forces needs those loads bad, you start to laugh
as he drives off. What do they need all that toilet paper for?
Ride with me as you start on down the road, noise is real bad now as you wonder if you
will get to Pleiku to get the butt reamed ofer this motor and you wonder how much they will take out of your pay per month
to pay for it.
Ride with me as you think about how far it is to the Cav tanks, maybe a bridge with
11 bravo's on guard where you throwed that case of beer off that got you chewed out.
Ride with me its getting dark, the motors shot, where's the gun. where is the steel
pot, I wish I had never heard of Vietnam.
Ride with me, I am under the truck trying to hide, this is a French grave yard.
Oh man what the hell do I do, nobody here but me. Sgt gets a good cussing in my mind. There is a village down
the road where their women run around with no tops on. Stay with me as I hear noise, motors, not tigers growling.
As hook arrives he has a multifuel, must have stole it, ask me you ok? Never better, got a cigarette, I smoked two packs.
Ride with me to Pleiku as we get a can of left over cold water for a shower, those 55
gal drums been empty for weeks!!!! Damn IN COMMING!!!!! Ride with me."