Tin Soldiers & Nixon’s Coming

40 years ago, May 4, 1970 4 people were gunned down by National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent St University.  Far be it from me to write a comprehensive or insightful essay; for a full accounting I would recommend James Michener’s Kent State: What Happened and Why written in 1971.  But I think it important to mark the solemn anniversary (12:23pm on May 4th for those looking for a precise time).  So I will be more commercial and simply offer the lyrics to the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young protest song “Ohio” written in the immediate aftermath:

Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’.
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drummin’.
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it.
Soldiers are gunning us down.
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her and
Found her dead on the ground?
How can you run when you know?

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na.
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na.
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na.
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na.

Gotta get down to it.
Soldiers are cutting us down.
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her and
Found her dead on the ground?
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’.
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drummin’.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.

*UPDATE* Good article in Tuesday’s USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-05-03-kent-state_N.htm?csp=mostpopular

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