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6 Oct '70 Country
93 Nov '70 Hot 100

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Where have all our heroes gone What's come over our great land America is still my home, sweet home But where have all our heroes gone I saw a group of boys the other day Standing in a corner of a playground Looking and laughing at a magazine And I overheard one of the boys say Man, is he ever cool And he pointed to the man whose Picture was on the magazine cover And everybody kind of Said under there breath Yeah, he's cool all right And I got sick to my stomach Because I had seen the cover And the man they were talking about Had instigated a riot in one Of our major cities last summer And the magazine was writing about How the police were unkind to him The judges were unfair with him And how he talked back and Slung his long hair about and Cussed and did his thing And they made him into a regular hero


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And inside this magazine was the Story of the baseball player who Got involved with the gamblers Of the football player who said That football was not the end Just a means to and end Meaning the girls and the good times And a story of the folk singer Who proudly claims to be both a Member of a party alien to our government And a non-tax paying citizen These young boys read with Open eyes and open minds And I thought to myself My God, are these the people that These young boys look up to Are these their idols, are these The heroes of the now generation America is still my home, sweet home But where have all our heroes gone I had heroes when I was a kid We all did, and our heroes Did their thing too Like General Douglas MacArthur Who returned like he said he would Like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers Who chased the bad guys Right off the screen Like Lindburgh, who flew the ocean Like Jesse Owens, who showed Hitler And John Wayne and Gary Cooper After all, didn't they really win the war And General Ike, bless your soul Cause you made us feel safe We've killed some of our recent heroes The Kennedys and the Kings And even as great as their space feats are How many of the astronauts can you name Huh, how many My heroes were people like Joe DiMaggio Who proved that nice guys can finish first And Stan Musial, who never had an Unkind word for anybody And Winston Churchill, who's two Fingers raised together meant victory Not just to let your enemy have it all Kind of artificial peace This country needs a lot Of things today, friends But it doesn't need any one thing Any more than it needs some real heroes Men who know what it means to be Looked up to by a grimy faced kid Men who wanna sign autograph books And not deals under the table Men who are willing to play the game With the people who made them heroes Men who don't mind putting on a white hat And saying thank you and please I wish I knew more men that I'd Be proud for my son to look up to And say, daddy, when I grow up I wanna be just like him Where have all our heroes gone

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