Battle Ballad

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Battle Ballad

Hear the marching army? They approach upon the morning.
Hear the marching army as they ride out with the sun?
Hear the marching army as they ride up on the hillside?
Hear the marching army sing of battles to be won?

All they are are young boys whose eyes are full of glory
All they are are young boys who don’t know their own names
All they are are young boys who want to be the heroes
All they are are young boys who dream of honoured fame

But war, it is no game
And there’s no one to blame
Young men’s hearts set aflame
In mankind’s darkest game

Now the boy’s a soldier who’s faced with real bullets
Now the boy’s a soldier who wants his sweetheart’s kiss
Now the boy’s a soldier, the hell with fame and glory!
Now the boy’s a soldier, why has it come to this?

Gunshots echo as he asks himself a couple questions
Gunshots echo as he asks, “Oh God, what have we done?”
Gunshots echo as he asks, “God, is a war the answer?”
Gunshots echo as the boy lays down his father’s gun

The war, it is no game
And there’s no one to blame
Glory and pride turned to shame
In mankind’s darkest game

Hear the marching army? They approach upon the evening.
Hear the marching army as they ride in with the sun?
Hear the marching army just crying with their sweethearts
Hear the marching army say a war cannot be won

And war, it is no game
And there’s no one to blame
Please hear the soldier’s claim:
War is mankind’s darkest game

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from Of Dragons and Unicorns, released June 1, 1997
-- copyright (c) 1990 by Diane Morrison

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Sable Aradia Vernon, British Columbia

Independent singer-songwriter, author & composer of New Age, Pagan, filk, acoustic, meditation & goth music. Sable spans numerous musical genres, but her work is inspired by her Wiccan faith and her wild imagination. Her influences include Billie Holiday, Heather Alexander, Leslie Fish, Iron Maiden, Wendy Rule, and Inkubus Sukkubus. ... more

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