Lay Down Your Arms
The Chordettes Lyrics


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My sweetheart is a soldier
As handsome as can be
But suddenly they sent him
away across the sea

So patiently I waited
until his leave was due
Then wrote and said "My darling,
I'll tell you what to do"

Come to the station
Jump from the train
March at the double
down lover's lane
Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
Lay down your arms (Lay down your arms)
Lay down your arms and surrender to mine

A soldier is a soldier
And when he's on parade
An order is an order
And has to be obeyed

You've got to do your duty
wherever you may be
And now you're under orders
To hurry home to me

Come to the station
Jump from the train
March at the double
down lover's lane
Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
Lay down your arms (Lay down your arms)
Lay down your arms and surrender to mine

The girl who loves a soldier
Is either sad or gray
'Cause first of all he's with her
And then he's far away
But soldiers have their duty
To answer to the call
And that is why I'm calling
The loudest of them all

Come to the station
Jump from the train
March at the double
down lover's lane
Then in the glen where the roses en-twine




Lay down your arms (Lay down your arms)
Lay down your arms and surrender to mine

Overall Meaning

The Chordettes’ song “Lay Down Your Arms” is a love song about a woman who is waiting for her soldier sweetheart to return from overseas. The song is about a woman who tells her lover, who is a soldier, to come to her and “lay down his arms” and surrender to her love. The song is a metaphor for the idea that when her lover returns from war, he should give up his military life and surrender to the love of the woman he left behind. The woman is willing to wait for her lover to return, but only if he is willing to give up his military life and stay with her.


The song tells the story of a woman who loves a soldier during wartime. The lyrics convey the longing and hope that a soldier will return home to be with his loved one. The song conveys the difficult balance between duty and love, and the hope that love will win. The woman in the song knows that the soldier has a duty to his country, but she also wants him to lay down his arms and surrender to her emotionally.


The song emphasizes the idea that love can conquer all, even the demands of war. The woman in the song is asking her lover to come home and choose her over his military duty. Ultimately, the song is about the power of love and the willingness of a woman to wait for her soldier sweetheart.


Line by Line Meaning

My sweetheart is a soldier
The person I love is a soldier


As handsome as can be
He is very attractive


But suddenly they sent him away across the sea
He was ordered to leave to serve overseas


So patiently I waited until his leave was due
I waited for him to have time off


Then wrote and said 'My darling, I'll tell you what to do'
I sent a letter saying I had a plan


Come to the station
Meet me at the train station


Jump from the train
Get off the train quickly


March at the double down lover's lane
Walk quickly together in a romantic path


Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
In a beautiful valley where roses grow together


Lay down your arms (Lay down your arms)
Stop being a soldier (stop fighting)


Lay down your arms and surrender to mine
Stop being a soldier and come be with me


A soldier is a soldier
A soldier's duty is to fight


And when he's on parade
When he is marching in a ceremony


An order is an order
Orders must be obeyed


And has to be obeyed
It is necessary to follow orders


You've got to do your duty wherever you may be
It is necessary to do your job no matter where you are


And now you're under orders to hurry home to me
You have been given orders to come home to me


The girl who loves a soldier is either sad or gray
Women who love soldiers are often unhappy


'Cause first of all he's with her
But then he has to leave to go serve


And then he's far away
And he is away for a long time


But soldiers have their duty to answer to the call
Soldiers have a responsibility to serve their country


And that is why I'm calling the loudest of them all
That's why I want you to stop being a soldier and come be with me


Come to the station
Meet me at the train station


Jump from the train
Get off the train quickly


March at the double down lover's lane
Walk quickly together in a romantic path


Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
In a beautiful valley where roses grow together


Lay down your arms (Lay down your arms)
Stop being a soldier (stop fighting)


Lay down your arms and surrender to mine
Stop being a soldier and come be with me




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Written by: AKE GERHARD, LEON LAND, PADDY ROBERTS

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@rockake

"Lay Down Your Arms" was revued in Billboard on September, 8th, 1956.

Lay Down Your Arms..............................87
    CADENCE 1299-Heavy competition in
    store for this version of the British hit
    from the original Anne Shelton and the
    Russ Morgan versions, both "Spotlighted"
   above. However, the girls are still ri-
    ding the charts and their harmony
    rendition should snare some coin.



All comments from YouTube:

@sauquoit13456

Lynn Evans Mand, the lead singer of the vocal harmony group the Chordettes, passed away on February 6th, 2020 at the age of 95...
She joined the group in 1952 when their lead singer could not make a show in Mand’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. She was asked to step in and was invited to join the group. After the Chordettes disbanded in the 1960s, Mand moved to Long Island and became a special education teacher...
Between 1954 and 1961 the quartet had thirteen records on the Top 100 chart, four made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Mr. Sandman", for 2 weeks on Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played by Jockeys, and Most Played on Juke Boxes charts...
Besides "Mr. Sandman", their three other Top 10 records were "Born to Be With You" {#5 in 1956}, "Just Between You and Me" {#8 in 1957}, and "Lollipop"* {#2 for 1 week in 1958}...
May Ms. Mand R.I.P.
* The week "Lollipop" was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Tequila" by the Champs...
And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, their covered version of "Lay Down Your Arms" peaked at #16 in 1956...

@sauquoit13456

On this day in 1956 {September 21st} Anne Shelton's "Lay Down Your Arms" reached #1 {for 4 weeks} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart... Eight days later on September 29th, 1956 it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #59 and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100... And also on Sept. 29th the Chordettes' covered version entered the Top 100; their version reached #16... Anne Shelton passed away on July 31st, 1994 at the age of 70... R.I.P. Ms. Shelton...

@ChordettesFan325

I ❤️ this song, it gets stuck in my head a lot.

@rockake

Originally recorded as "Ann-Caroline" by Swedish singer Elsy Lindgren backed by Nils Weingards ork on January, 12th, 1955. This was the very first Swedish song to chart in US. How it made its way to England, I don´t know, but it was a very big hit in UK for Anne Shelton and a modest hit in US where it was quite a big hit for The Chordettes.

@rockake

"Lay Down Your Arms" was revued in Billboard on September, 8th, 1956.

Lay Down Your Arms..............................87
    CADENCE 1299-Heavy competition in
    store for this version of the British hit
    from the original Anne Shelton and the
    Russ Morgan versions, both "Spotlighted"
   above. However, the girls are still ri-
    ding the charts and their harmony
    rendition should snare some coin.

@donodoco

great!

@ChantellieFay

<3

@davidadams188

This song featured in a BBC series does anyone know the name of the series.

@sayagg

Lipstick On Your Collar!

@matteus__

This isn't Pearl Jam

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