Welcome to the place they call Vietnam Beautiful, rugged, red dirt and tall palms Evidence of war all around us we see That guy on the checkpoint, why's he looking at me?
So this is the place they call Vietnam Gotta keep cool and keep acting calm Don't want to appear to be scared or afraid What's that local looking at - has he got a grenade? Bombed out bridges and barbed wire road blocks Bullet holes in buildings and rubble and rocks Wipe away that sweat with a trembling palm This is - the place they call Vietnam
Take it easy, keep cool, keep the smile on your face Keep pretending you're glad to be in this place Keep a grip on that rifle you have in your arms 'cause this is the place they call Vietnam
Is this really the place they call Vietnam Everyone here has Black Trousers on I thought only Charlie would be wearing that gear It seems almost everyone is wearing it here
I can see already there's lots to learn And local respect you will have to earn Get used to this country and all her charm Cause it's home for a year - Nui Dat, Vietnam