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Universal soldier
St.Marie single/1965

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 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 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 the end to war.

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