Soldier Boy

Lyrics: John Dawson
Music: John Dawson

A very early John Dawson song recorded on a rare 1964 solo LP. Many thanks to Rob Bleetstein for his help with a recording of this.

Hello there little soldier boy, what'd you do today?
Hello there little soldier boy, now what did you do today?
I learned to kill the enemy with my rifle and my knife

Now tell me little soldier boy, just what are you gonna do now?
Yes tell me little soldier boy, just what are you gonna do now?
I'm going into battle and I'll kill the enemy

Now tell me little soldier boy, just who's this enemy?
Is he someone who lives here in town or far across some sea?
I cannot tell you by myself, but the general he tells me

Now tell me little soldier boy, is it wrong to kill?
Yes tell me little soldier boy, isn't it wrong to kill?
If the general tells me I should kill, I must obey his will

Well I'll tell you little soldier boy, you're in an awful spot
Yes I'll tell you little soldier boy, you're in an awful spot
You're damned if you do and damned if you don't
May the Lord have mercy on your soul
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
     1964 John Dawson - Guitar and Autoharp

 


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