Buffy St Marie

The Universal Soldier

Buffy St Marie

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The Universal Soldier

Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie

	  		(intro)  C D Bm Em C Am D 

              C           D                   G                Em 
    He is five feet two, and he`s six feet four, 
          C                D                          G 
    he fights with missiles and with spears. 
             C                D                    G            Em 
    He is all of thirty-one, and he`s only seventeen, 
                      C                                Am          D 
     `s been a soldier for a thousand years. 

                  C              D               G            Em 
    He`s a Catholic, a Hindu, and atheist, a Jain, 
         C                       D                   G 
    a Buddhist, and a Baptist, and a Jew. 
                    C                          D                  G                     Em 
    And he knows he shouldn`t kill, and he knows he always will, 
                      C                                      Am       D 
    kill you for me, my friend, and me for you. 

                     C               D                   G              Em 
    And he`s fighting for Canada, he`s fighting for France, 
            C                     D  G 
    he`s fighting for the USA. 
                    C                       D                           G                 Em 
    And he`s fighting for the Russians, and he`s fighting for Japan, 
                  C                                                Am        D 
    and he thinks we`ll put an end to war this way. 

                   C                      D                  G                     Em 
    And he`s fighting for democracy, he`s fighting for the Reds, 
          C                         D          G 
    he says, it`s for the peace of all. 
                    C                       D                     G                        Em 
    He`s the one who must decide,  who`s to live and who`s to die, 
                 C                                          Am       D 
    and he never sees the writing on the walls. 

                 C                             D                     G                           Em 
    But without him how would Hitler, have condemned him at Dachau, 
           C                         D                         G 
    without him Caesar would have stood alone. 
                    C                          D              Bm                Em 
    He`s the one who gives his body as a weapon to the war, 
                  C                                           Am        D 
    and without him all this killing can`t go on. 

                   C             D                     G             Em 
    He`s the universal soldier and he really is to blame, 
                 C                         D                   G 
    but his orders come from far away no more, 
                               C                          D 
    they come from here, and you and me, 
            Bm                       Em 
    and brothers can`t you see, 
                C                                      Am 
    this is not a way we put an end to war. 

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