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Remember "Billy Don't Be A Hero?"

Do you have an embarrassing song from your youth that marks your passage into the teen years that you sort of remember with fondness from time to time? I was reminded of mine last night while talking to my daughter about her favorite songs. Friends and family have always made fun of my taste in pop music–and I don’t blame them. My song from when I was around 12 was “Billy, Don’t be a Hero” performed by a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005OCF3?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B00005OCF3″Paper Lace/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00005OCF3″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and later by a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000014YX?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B0000014YX” Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B0000014YX” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The song reminded me of all the brave soldiers who served in the war — many of my classmates had older brothers who served in Vietnam. I used to have a record that I would play all day long for weeks, and then, one day, I lost interest. Today, I think of the song with fondness and from time to time, it goes through my head, despite my best efforts to get rid of it. If you are too young to remember the song or just too cultured to listen to such stuff, here is a clip of Paper Lace (from 1974) singing “Billy, Don’t be a Hero.” If you have one favorite song from your youth, what was it and why did you like it? br /br /object width=”425″ height=”355″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/qDq_xJlF0TEhl=en”/paramparam name=”wmode” value=”transparent”/paramembed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/qDq_xJlF0TEhl=en” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” width=”425″ height=”355″/embed/object