Track of the Day: 'Green Green Grass of Home'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A song today for my grandfather, an Air Force veteran of Vietnam and Korea and a big fan of country western music:

I found it on a list of the 10 most mentioned songs by the hundreds of Vietnam vets interviewed by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner:

Our new book, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War shows how music helped soldiers/veterans connect to each other and to life back home and to cope with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. Many of the men and women we interviewed for We Gotta Get Out of This Place had never talked about their Vietnam war experience, even with their spouses and family members. But we found they could talk about a song — These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, My Girl, And When I Die, Ring of Fire and scores of others. And the talking helped heal some of  the wounds left from the war.