Mark Spoelstra avait rencontré au cours d’un voyage un groupe de soldats piaffant d’impatience pour aller combattre au Vietnam. Choc des cultures ! Il était lui-même un militant anti-guerre très actif. C’est ce qui lui a inspiré cette chanson, qu’il interprète ici dans le cadre informel des Broadside singers, avec Phil Ochs, et au banjo un discret Pete Seeger.

Beaucoup de gens parlent de la guerre qui vient. Certains sont riches, d’autres pauvres, ils en parlent comme d’un jeu de hasard, mais gagnant ou perdant, on ne peut plus jouer.

THE TIMES I’VE HAD

Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
They ain’t so good and they ain’t so bad
Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
Travelin’ up the road to Gilead
Let me tell you ’bout the places I’ve been
Let me tell you ’bout the folly of men
Oh, oh, oh, the times I’ve had.

Too many people try to lead the blind
Half of them don’t know their own minds
Let me tell you when you see the light
You got to stand and shout when you know it’s right.

Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
They ain’t so good and they ain’t so bad
Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
Travelin’ up the road to Gilead
Let me tell you ’bout the places I’ve been
Let me tell you ’bout the folly of men
Oh, oh, oh, the times I’ve had.

Lots of people talk about a coming war
Some of them rich and some of them poor
They talk about it like a blackjack game
But win or lose you can’t play again.

Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
They ain’t so good and they ain’t so bad
Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
Travelin’ up the road to Gilead
Let me tell you ’bout the places I’ve been
Let me tell you ’bout the folly of men
Oh, oh, oh, the times I’ve had.

I was in Ohio in a little truck stop
A soldier told me this peace has got to stop
Think about the economy
I ain’t afraid to fight for my country.

Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
They ain’t so good and they ain’t so bad
Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
Travelin’ up the road to Gilead
Let me tell you ’bout the places I’ve been
Let me tell you ’bout the folly of men
Oh, oh, oh, the times I’ve had.

It’s folks that want to fight, I’m talkin’ about
Leading the blind in a timeless drought
I don’t want no drought on my land
When there’s Peace and Love in my right hand.

Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
They ain’t so good and they ain’t so bad
Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
Travelin’ up the road to Gilead
Let me tell you ’bout the places I’ve been
Let me tell you ’bout the folly of men
Oh, oh, oh, the times I’ve had.

Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
They ain’t so good and they ain’t so bad
Let me tell you ’bout the times I’ve had
Travelin’ up the road to Gilead
Let me tell you ’bout the places I’ve been
Let me tell you ’bout the folly of men
Oh, oh, oh, the times I’ve had.