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Thread #73979   Message #1288850
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Oct-04 - 02:21 AM
Thread Name: Holocaust/shoa songs. In memory.
Subject: ADD: Train for Auschwitz (Tom Paxton)
Train for Auschwitz
Tom Paxton, 1963

This train is bound for Auschwitz
Like many another one,
The passengers condemned to die,
But no crime have they done.

They are jaimued into the boxcars
So tight against the wall
And in those cars the dead men stand,
There is no room to fall.

Now the reason they are dying
I will explain to you,
Adolf Hitler has decided
To exterminate the Jew.

He ships them off to Auschwitz
The train unloads them there,
And standing by the railroad track
They take their last breath of fresh air.

The S.S. troopers herd them
Right down a well worn path
Into a hail where they are told
They are to take a bath.

When they're undressed they're led inside
A giant shower room.
The door is sealed behind them,
And it also seals their doom.

Inside the room there drops a bomb
Of Nazi poison gas,
And not one soul is left alive
When fifteen minutes pass.

Now the men who did these awful crimes
They wish they'd murdered more,
The only thing they sorry for
Is that they lost the war.

And hundreds of these murderers
Still walk the earth today
Just hoping for a chance to kill
The ones that got away.


from Broadside: Songs of our times from the pages of Broadside Magazine, Volume 1, Oak Publications, 1964

I'll post the tune if somebody requests it.