Sunday, August 06, 2006

I Didn’t Raise My Son (or Daughter) to Be a Soldier

I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier
I brought him up to be my pride and joy
Who dares to put a musket on his shoulder
To shoot another mother’s darling boy
Why should he fight in someone else’s quarrels
It’s time to throw the sword and gun away
There would be no war today
If the nations all would say
No I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier

I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier
To go fighting in some far-off foreign land
He may get killed before he’s any older
For a cause that he will never understand
Why should he fight another rich man’s battle
While they stay at home and while their time away
Let those with most to lose
Fight each other if they choose
For I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier

I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier
To go fighting heathens round the Horn
If God required to prove that boys are bolder
They’d have uniforms and guns when they were born
Why should we have wars about religion
When Jesus came to teach us not to kill
Do Zulus and Hindoos
Not have the right to choose
For I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier

I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier
I raised him up to be a gentleman
To find a sweet young girl and love and hold her
Bring me some grandchildren when they can
Why can’t we decide that the Empire
Is just as large as it requires to be
And I’d rather lose it all
Than to see my laddie fall
For I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Interesting post with some very heartfelt words I bet a lot of moms feel. My father, brother and nephew all fought in wards. My father and brother had no choice. My nephew did make a choice. At least that gave me some peace because he wasn't drafted; he choose to back up what he believed in.

I am proud of all of them but I too wish that there would be no war today. And we do all have a right to choose but when someone chooses to murder innocent people such as what happened on 9/11, you have to deal with the consequences of your choice.

And don't we all know, too well, from our own personal experiences, that all choices have consequences?

Sociable

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