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Jazzyjack Greatest Anti-War Song Ever? (372* d) Lyr Add: I AIN'T MARCHING ANYMORE (Phil Ochs) 30 Mar 03

Written by Phil Ochs
As recorded by Phil Ochs on "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (1965)

1. Oh, I marched to the battle of New Orleans
At the end of the early British wars.
The young land started growin'.
The young blood started flowin',
But I ain't a-marchin' anymore.

2. For I've killed my share of Injuns in a thousand different fights.
I was there at the Little Big Horn.
I heard many men a-lyin'.
I saw many more a-dyin',
But I ain't a-marchin' anymore.

CHORUS: It's always the old to lead us to the wars.
It's always the young to fall.
Now look at all we've won with the sabre and the gun.
Tell me, is it worth it all?

3. For I stole California from the Mexican land,
Fought in the bloody Civil War.
Yes, I even killed my brothers
And so many others,
But I ain't a-marchin' anymore.

4. For I marched to the battles of the German trench,
In a war that was bound to end all wars.
Oh, I must 'a' killed a million men,
And now they want me back again,
But I ain't marchin' anymore. CHORUS

5. For I flew the final mission in the Japanese skies,
Set off the mighty mushroom roar.
When I saw the cities burnin',
I knew that I was learnin'
That I ain't a-marchin' anymore.

6. Now the labor leader's screamin' when they close the missile plants.
United Fruit screams at the Cuban shore.
Call it "Peace" or call it "Treason."
Call it "Love" or call it "Reason,"
But I ain't a-marchin' anymore.
No, I ain't a-marchin' anymore.

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