Vietnam Music Monday: “Us and Them”

Us and Them

Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. (Newseum collection)

Music played an important cultural role during the Vietnam War, representing the rebellious views of a young generation and the traditional values of an older, so-called “silent majority.” The Newseum selected 40 songs released between 1963 and 1973 that typified the music of the Vietnam era. The songs captured the emotions of people for and against the war and reflected the mood of an increasingly diverse country amid dramatic social and political change.

The 40 songs, part of the Newseum’s “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit, are a fraction of the hundreds of recordings that dealt with the war and civil disobedience. Each week, one song from the playlist will be featured. We encourage you to add your favorite songs of the era to the comment section!

Us and Them (1973)

Recorded by Pink Floyd

“Us and Them,” recorded by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, explored the themes of war and conflict and reflected the country’s disillusionment in the waning years of the Vietnam War. The song appeared on the group’s landmark album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” which has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide.


Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
And the general sat, as the lines on the map
Moved from side to side

Purchase “Us and Them” on Amazon or iTunes.

“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

CBS News

Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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