The Ballad of the Green Berets – SSgt Barry Sadler  Lyrics

September 3, 2008

Album: Ballads of the Green Berets
Genre: Ballad, Patriotic
Released: 1966

It is a patriotic ballad song related to the special force in the U.S. Army called Green Berets. The song became a hit that it was number on Billboard Chart during five weeks. Ballad of the Green Berets was created in times of Vietnam War, and it was a way to stimulate to all soldiers. Barry Sadler was a musician who served as medic during this war.


The Ballad of the Green Berets

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Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the green beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America’s best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the green beret

Trained to live off nature’s land
Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage peak from the green berets

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America’s best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the green beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her green beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request
Put silver wings on my son’s chest
Make him one of America’s best
He’ll be a man they’ll test one day

Have him win the green beret.

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3 Responses to “The Ballad of the Green Berets – SSgt Barry Sadler”
Judy says:
May 26th, 2009 at 6:32 am

Hi, on both the scrolling and red-font lyrics, America should be capitalized. In fact, it’s quite shocking to see the small “a” because the name “America” deserves distinct recognition, as a title, a proper noun, and the name of our great country.

stanley krasinski (ski) says:
January 8th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

First of all, I am a retired green Baret. Once a Green Baret always one. This song always makes me feel proud that I served. And if you know the process and the training, well the song says it all.SSG. Sadler has wrote a song that as long as the US has special forces and there are real men that fight for those that are oppressed there will be the great men of the Green Baret and the ballad of the green beret

Thersa Incomstanti says:
March 7th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

There are some mosquitoes in San Jose but is no much different than in the US and the weather is springlike in SJ and its not really hot and not sticky at all

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