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Universal Soldier

Het nummer "Universal Soldier" is een nummer geschreven en opgenomen door de Canadese zanger-liedjesschrijver Buffy Sainte-Marie. Het lied werd oorspronkelijk uitgebracht op Sainte-Marie's debuutalbum "It's My Way!" uit 1964. Universal Soldier was toen nog geen hit, maar er was aandacht bij heel wat mensen. In 1965 kreeg het nummer de aandacht van de beginnende folk-zanger Donovan Phillips Leitch. De versie van Donovan werd uitgebracht als "The Universal Soldier" in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 15 augustus 1965. Het lied beschrijft de gruwelijkheden van de oorlog: Niet alleen de Eerste Wereldoorlog, maar ook de Tweede Wereldoorlog, de Vietnamoorlog en eigenlijk alle oorlogen. Hoe oud de soldaten waren, welke religie, vanwaar hun opdrachten vandaan kwamen en noem maar op, het maakt niets uit.....


Universal Soldier
He's five feet two and he's six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31 and he's only 17
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 and 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 to a 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 him, and you, and me, and brothers can't you see
this is not the way we put an end to war.


Afkomstig van WO1Wiki NL, de Vrije Encyclopedie. "http://www.forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/wiki/index.php/Universal_Soldier"
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