Six O’Clock News

Artist: Grammatrain | Album: One Way – the Songs of Larry Norman
© 1970 Glenwood Music Corp / Straw Bed Music

I’ve got a ticket for southeast Asia
I got my camera and press card badge
They only pay me to stay the weekend
What if I never come back

The flight was pretty rough
I got a room, took a sauna
The bellboy came, put my bags on the bed
He left without his tip
Then I loaded up my Hasselblad full of film
And I stepped outside

I’m taking pictures of burning houses
Color movies of misery
I see the flash of guns, how red the mud becomes
I’ve got a close-up view

I’m the six o’clock news – what can I do?
All those kids without shoes – what can I do?
Military coups – what can I do?
I’m just the six o’clock news

I got a suite at the Saigon Hilton
Cocktail parties with premiere Sky
We talk about how the war is going
And watch his color TV

I’m the six o’clock news – what can I do?
Drinkin’ black market booze – what can I do?
I’m red, white and true blue – what can I do?
I am, I am, I am, I am, I am… the six o’clock news

Catch my plane flight back to the mainland
I fall asleep to the engines’ drone
I see the flash of guns, how red the mud becomes
I’ve got a close-up view. I am, I am, I am, I am, I am

I’m the six o’clock news – what can I do?
Guerilla Rendezvous – what can I do?
All those kids without shoes – what can I do?
Napalm tattoos – what can I do?

I’m the six o’clock news – what can I do?
I am, I am, I am, I am, I am
CBS, ABC, NBC….