Rod McKuen

Soldiers who wanna be heroes (Video) (Audio)

|: Soldiers who wanna be heroes
number practic'lly zero
But there are millions
who wanna be civilians :|

Come and take my eldest son,
show him how to shoot a gun
Wipe his eyes if he starts to cry
when them bullets fly.

Give him a rifle, take his hoe
Show him a field where he can go
to lay his body down and die
Without asking why.


Sticks and stones can break your bones
Even names can hurt you
But the thing that hurts the most
is when a man deserts you.

Don't you think it's time to weed
the leaders that no longer lead
from the people of the land
who'd like to see their sons again?


God, if men could only see
the lesson taught by history:
that all the singers of this song
cannot right a single wrong.

Let all men of good will
stay in the fields they have to till
Feed the mouths they have to fill
and cast away their arms.

Chorus (bis)

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