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universal soldier – donovan lyrics

universal soldier
lyrics by buffy sainte marie

he is 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 catholic, a hindu,
an atheist, a chein,
a budhist, and a baptist and a jew,
and he knows, he shouldn’t kill,
and he knows, he always will,
killing 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,
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 lw’ow, (german concentration camp)
without him cesar 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.

correct lyrics by rbd

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