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My Favorite Song

 

Song playing is One Tin Soldier-Thank you Kit at Kit's World of Midi's I think this would have to be my all time favorite song. We were taught this song when I was very small and have always loved it.

 

One Tin Soldier

Listen children, to a story, that was written long ago, bout a kingdom on a mountain and the valley folk below. On the mountain was a treasure buried deep beneath a stone..and the valley people swore, they'd have it for their very own.

Chorus: Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend, do it in the name of heaven, you can justify it in the end. There won't be any trumpets blowin come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.

So the people of the valley sent a message up the hill, asking for the buried treasure, tons of gold, for which they'd kill. Came an answer from the kingdom, "With our brothers, we will share all the secrets of our mountain, all the riches buried there."

Chorus: Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend, do it in the name of heaven, you can justify it in the end. There won't be any trumpets blowin come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.

Now the valley cried with anger, "Mount your horses, draw your swords!" And they killed the Mountain people, so they won their just rewards. Now they stood beside the treasure on the mountain, dark and red, turned the stone and looked beneath it. "Peace on earth." was all it said.....

Chorus: Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend, do it in the name of heaven, you can justify it in the end. There won't be any trumpets blowin come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.

This song was written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. The music was arranged by John Kinyon and I was told that it was put to music by the group Coven and played on the movie Billy Jack back in the 1970's. I was writing from memory and the words are the same as the sheet music, with one exception. This sheet music uses the word hurt where I have the word hate. I am not mistaken as to the word that we sang as a child, so I'm not sure if the words were changed on this music sheet or when, but I do know that our sheet music in school used the word hate.

I asked my son to speak to his music teacher about the children singing this song and was quite shocked by the schools response. I feel this song would give the children encouragement to share and not to kill over other's treasure or land. The school refused, stating that it talked about killing. Excuse me, but isn't that what they teach our children everyday in History class? Only in History books they don't explain in the end that war is the worst of all atrocities and there should be peace among the nations, peace on earth.

 

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