Faith in the future

July 26, 2008 at 5:05 pm 2 comments

I have this memory from my youth of going to the movies and seeing good films about peace, justice and freedom. My mother was great about taking us to the movies. Often, as in the film from which this song comes (Billy Jack), we saw violence and injustice. Yet I left the film theater with the belief that everyone would see the movie, feel upset about the injustice, and then peace, justice and freedom would prevail. I know, I know, that is a rather naive approach. Oh, well, that’s still me. I’ve just gotten a tiny bit more realistic in my grown-up days. I think. I still hope and believe that peace and justice will prevail. Eventually.

I loved the movie and I loved this song — so much that I wrote an essay about it for creative writing class in seventh grade. Our assignment was to interpret a song or poem. It was a labor of love. Back in those days, you couldn’t just google the lyrics. I had to sit and listen to the song over and over again, until I had the words all written down. Today I want to share it with you. No, not the essay! I don’t have that anymore. Just the song. 🙂

 

One Tin Soldier

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago
‘Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley folk below
On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath a stone
And the valley people swore
They’d have it for their very own

Go ahead and hate your neighbor
Go ahead and cheat a friend
Do it in the name of Heaven
You can justify it in the end
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day
On the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away

So, the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they’d kill
Came an answer from the kingdom,
“With our brothers, we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there”

Now, the valley cried with anger,
“Mount your horses, draw your sword!”
And they killed the mountain people
So, they won their just reward
Now, they stood beside the treasure
On the mountain dark and red
Turned the stone and looked beneath it
“Peace on Earth” was all it said

Go ahead and hate your neighbor
Go ahead and cheat a friend
Do it in the name of Heaven
You can justify it in the end
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day
On the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. SanityFound  |  July 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Beautiful song!

    Reply
  • 2. diaryofarecoveredbulimic  |  July 28, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Glad you like it! 🙂

    Reply

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