We Gotta Get out of This Place is an anthem song for anyone who wants to, well, get out. This includes everything from graduation parties to war zones.
1965 – An Action-Packed Year
The Animals released We Gotta Get out of This Place in 1965, was an action-packed year for the Vietnam War. It started with The United States building up their forces in South Vietnam to shore up the fracturing political alliance in the south. Then the US bombed the north in Operation Rolling Thunder. Later that year, ground troops from the US and North Vietnam forces engaged in armed conflict for the first time. This is the backdrop for the now legendary song.
We Gotta Get out of This Place was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The Hall of Fame writing duo originally wrote the song for the Righteous Brothers. But The Animals picked it up and adapted it to working class England. The Rock song took on a life, and a meaning, all its own. With the escalating violence in the Vietnam war in 1965, it’s not surprising this song became an anthem for GIs. Less well-known is how the song also healed wounds after the war was over. Watch as Eric Burdon, the founder of The Animals, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil tell the story behind this pop culture phenomenon.