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Universal Soldier

Music and lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie


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 Jain
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
And he knows he shouldn't kill

And he knows he always will
Kill you 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 'em at Liebau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body

As a 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 here and there, and you and me
And brothers, can't you see?
This is not the way we put the end to war


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Universal Soldier (Live In Japan Version)

Music and lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie


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 Jain
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
And he knows he shouldn't kill

And he knows he always will
Kill you 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 us 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 'em at Liebau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body

As a 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 here and there, and you and me
And brothers, can't you see?
This is not the way we put the end to war

Thank you.


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Universal Soldier (Live Bonus Track Version)

Music and lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie


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 Jain
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
He knows he shouldn't kill

And he knows he always will
Kill you 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 those 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

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
He never sees the writing on the wall

But without him how would Hitler

Have condemned 'em in that war
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body

As a weapon of the war
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 here and there, and you and me
And brothers, can't you see?
This is not the way we put the end to war

Thank you, thank you.


albums


Universal Soldier (Greatest Hits Live: Vancouver 1986 Version)

Music and lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie


When I first came to this land, this North American land, I was invited to play at the Newport Folk Festival by Miss Joan Baez. I was listening to Joaney, I was listening to Judy Collins, but there was a Canadian-American-Indian girl, and she wrote some heavy songs. I recorded one of them, it was originally about the Vietnam war, but it means the same thing now. And it goes like...

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 Jain
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
And he knows he shouldn't kill

And he knows he always will
Kill you 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 us 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

He's the one who gives his body

As a 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

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 here and there, and you and me
And brothers, can't you see?
This is not the way we put the end to war

Thank you! Buffy Sainte-Marie!

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