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I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier

  • (Al Piantadosi / Alfred Bryan)

    Ten million soldiers to the war have gone

    Who may never return again
    Ten million mothers' hearts must break
    For the ones who died in vain
    Head bowed down in sorrow through the lonely years
    I heard a mother murmur through her tears

    I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier
    I brought him up to be my darling boy
    Who dares to place some musket on his shoulder
    To shoot some other mother's pride and joy
    Let nations arbitrate their future troubles
    It's time to lay the sword and gun away
    There'd be no wars today if mothers all would say
    I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier

    What victory can cheer a father's heart
    When he looks at his blighted home
    What victory can bring him back
    All he cares to call his own
    Let each father answer in the years to be
    Remember that my boy belongs to me

    I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier
    I brought him up to be my darling boy
    Who dares to place some musket on his shoulder
    To shoot some other father's pride and joy
    Let nations arbitrate their future troubles
    It's time to lay the sword and gun away
    There'd be no wars today if fathers all would say
    I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier

    There'd be no wars today if parents all would say
    I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier

    (as sung by Guy & Candie Carawan)

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