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Universal Soldier
Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyrics

He's five-foot-two and he's six-feet-four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of thirty-one and he's only seventeen
He's been a soldier for a thousand years

He's a catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jane
A Buddhist and a Baptist and Jew
And he knows he shouldn't kill
And he knows he always will kill
You'll for me my friend and me for you

And he's fighting for Canada, he's fighting for France
He's fighting for the USA
And he's fighting for the Russians and he's fighting for Japan
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way

And he's fighting for democracy, he's fighting for the reds
He says it's for the peace of all
He's the one who must decide who's to live and who's to die
And he never sees the writing on the wall

But without him how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau
Without him Caesar would've stood alone
He's the one who gives his body as the weapon of the war
And without him, all this killing can't go on

He's the universal soldier and he really is to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from him and you and me
And brothers, can't you see
This is not the way we put an end to war?

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Buffy Sainte-Marie

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John Totten

Thank you Buffy. I served on the front lines in Vietnam and I wish someone would revive this song today.

tina sadler

Thank you for your service in a time where those who served were mocked and shamed....


I'm trying


@Ms. Ntropy i seen young AMERICANS OVERSEAS they are far to young to be OVERSEAS..
I use work in iraq .




John Kuipers

First Aid Kit , real good version . So sorry you had to experience it , guess you were in the wrong place at the wrong time . Glad you made it through 🌴

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Henry Hartley

Buffy St. Marie graduated from the same high school I did (Wakefield MA). I had no idea she wrote this song, as the first rendition I heard was by Glen Campbell, but it made a big impression on me, and was one of the reasons I refused induction into the service when drafted during the Vietnam War.

Betty Simmons

Good. I hope things went well for you. Years have passed for all of us.

Ken Norian

This song has been a part of my life for.... more decades than I'd like to admit to. It's a persistent reminder to me that "the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill toward men."

Michael Heery

I worked in MOSUL IN 1980S.

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