13 October 2005

Donovan Universal Soldier

It may sound cheesey but I heard the protest song "Universal Soldier" By Donovan again today and in this current time of war was moved by how timeless it's message is.

So I'd like to share the lyrics with you here today, for those of you who may have forgotten it, or have never heard it.

Universal Soldier Lyrics
by Donovan

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,
Been a soldier for a thousand years.

He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, 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,
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 Dachau?
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 the end to war.

If you've never heard it go and find it, it won't be hard to find it's a classic song.


Daniel said...

Wasn't that a made into a fine movie starring Dolph Lundgren and Jean CLaude van Damme ? ;)

Nancyrowina said...

I think the premise of that was a bit different, a contraversial point ;)