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One Tin Soldier

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One Tin Soldier

One Tin Soldier
(Dennis Potter and Brian Lambert.)

Listen, children, to a story that was written long ago
'Bout a kingdom on the 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 blowin' 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 the mountain, all the riches buried there."

Now the valley rose in anger, "Mount your horses, draw your swords,"
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.

Theme from the movie "Billy Jack"
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