Sounds of the Sixties: Eric Burdon & The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place/Video – By Teri Perticone – July 18, 2017

Photo: Eric Burdon of Eric Burdon & The Animals.

Eric Burdon – Singer-Songwriter

Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter and rocker best known as a member and vocalist of the R&B/rock band The Animals and the funk band War. He is regarded as one of the British Invasion’s most distinct singers with his deep, searingly powerful blues-rock voice. He is also known for his aggressive stage performances.

panzerwm15 – We Gotta Get Out of This Place – 1964

Top Comment: Paul Bear 2 years ago

A song that had a lot of meaning to us in Vietnam. When I came home to public abuse of spitting on us, throwing dog feces on me, potential employers actually slamming the door in my face after finding I was a Vietnam vet the song once again had meaning and since I wasn’t welcome in the United States I just wanted to get out of this place to, returning to Vietnam was an enticing option. I’m glad soldiers, airman, seamen etc. are getting a warm welcome home. I’m not sure if someone is actually sincere when they now say “welcome home” or “thank you for serving” to us Vietnam vets or if they are saying it because it makes themselves feel better. I know when a Vietnam vet says to another Veteran it is from the heart. I was a Vietnam Veteran before it was popular. The Marine Corps took me back, I didn’t get a chance to go back to Vietnam, I had to remain in the USA where I was not welcome but over time my anger I developed during the time in Vietnam began to dull. When I had my first child I had something to focus on besides the anger and devoted my life to that child. I ended up doing 32 years in the military. My anger is gone, the PTSD, Depression, Anxiety attacks, Panic attacks have gotten worse but I focus now on keeping those monsters locked up. Unlike so many veterans from any war from any nation who turned to drugs, alcohol and suicide, I do not want to hurry my demise but it will be a welcome relief when it comes and I won’t fight it. Then this living Hell of damaged emotions will end. I actually look forward to it but not with a sense of urgency. Thank you for letting me ramble, it is good therapy they tell me to talk and get it out of me. I feel a bit better now for the moment. Again thank you for enduring this long comment. Great song?

PS I never agreed with spitting on the returning soldiers as they thought that they were saving us by fighting for our freedom. We all had been brought up as ‘Warriors’ here in America. We thought that we always had to be at war to defend our freedom’s. Anti-war was a new concept and thought of as foolish to our parents generation and many of our own. Today, hopefully, we peacemakers honor our vets and try to show them a new way of thinking and making money. Thank you for your service and take care.

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