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Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Universal Soldier" (karaoke)

"Universal Soldier" (sheet music)


He’s five foot two, and he’s six feet four.

He fights with missiles and with spears.

He’s all of thirty-one, and he’s only seventeen.

He’s been a soldier for a thousand years.

 

He’s a Cath’lic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain,

A Buddhist, 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; he’s 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 wall.

 

But without him, how would Hitler have condemned him at Labau?

Without him, Caesar would have stood alone.

He’s the one who gives his body as a weapon of the 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 here and there 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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