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September 5, 2014

The Universal Soldier still has not been stopped

by eirenehogan

We are now on the verge of a war in Iraq and a war in Ukraine, and it reminded me of my youth and those heady anti-war days of the sixties, from the children of the WWII war vets who had heard it all as kids and decided there should be no more war.  What went wrong?

Buffy Saint-Marie

 

“The Universal Soldier”

written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. (1964)

1965 recorded by folk singer Donovan.

 

 

Donovan

He’s the one who gives his body
as a weapon to a war
and without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier and he
really is to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from him, and you, and me
and brothers can’t you see
this is not the way we put an end to war.

 

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Here are the full lyrics to the song:

 

He’s five feet two and he’s six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of 31 and he’s only 17
He’s been a soldier for a thousand years

He’s a Catholic, a Hindu, an athiest, a Jain,
a Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
and he knows he shouldn’t kill
and he knows he always will
kill you for me my friend and me for you

And he’s fighting for Canada,
he’s fighting for France,
he’s fighting for the USA,
and he’s fighting for the Russians
and he’s fighting for Japan,
and he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way

And he’s fighting for Democracy
and fighting for the Reds
He says it’s for the peace of all
He’s the one who must decide
who’s to live and who’s to die
and he never sees the writing on the walls

But without him how would Hitler have
condemned him at Dachau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He’s the one who gives his body
as a weapon to a war
and without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier and he
really is to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from him, and you, and me
and brothers can’t you see
this is not the way we put an end to war.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Soldier_(song)

 

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