The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
By all accounts, The Animals‘ 1965 hit “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” was one of the most popular Vietnam War songs among U.S. soldiers serving in Vietnam. Getting out was something most of them wanted dearly, and when they were on a one year tour of duty, they knew exactly when it would happen. Not only was the line “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” completely resonant with the desire to leave, but frontman Eric Burdon’s burning vocals had an emotional determination that made it a great song.
“We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” is a good example of a song taking on new meaning when heard in the context of the war (much like “Homeward Bound“, and some other songs). Lyrically, the song is actually about a young couple wanting to escape the grind and depression of life in a working class industrial city. It was written by husband-and-wife songwriting team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. As Mann explained in an interview it was originally intended for The Righteous Brothers, but ended up being recorded by The Animals.