Oh father can I come with you
For home is just no fun
And fight with you in Vietnam
To carry along your gun?

I'm sorry son but you're just too young
For you are but a boy
Your mother's lonely and needs you here
For you are all her joy

But father I am strong and brave
No Viet Cong can hide
I will stay until the bitter end
And bring you so much pride

I'm sorry son but you're just too young
For you are but a boy
Your mother's lonely and needs you here
For you are all her joy

So be it father I am your son
To your will I shall concede
But come back safe from Vietnam
For your guidance I still need