AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL


IT_   WAS IN MY EIGHTEENTH YEAR

I GOT THE GREETING CHEER FROM DEAR OLD UNCLE SAM

DOWN TO ROLLING CAISSONS FORT

YOU’RE ORDERED TO REPORT_    WE WANT YOU_   YOU’RE OUR MAN

WE WILL SEND YOU OVER SEA

YOU’LL GET TO SEE THE WORLD_   WITH ALL EXPENSES PAID

OH AND WHILE YOU’RE TAKING IN THE VIEW

YOU’LL HELP US KILL A FEW OF THE ENEMIES WE’VE MADE

THEY PUT A GUN IN MY HANDS_   THEY PUT A GUN IN MY HANDS

SENT ME TO USE IT INTO WAR-TORN FOREIGN LANDS

AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL? AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

TO BE USED___ LIKE A TOOL_   AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

ME_   I DIDN’T WANT TO GO

THEY SAID IT WAS THE RULE_   FOR FREEDOM I MUST FIGHT

HUH?_   THAT BATTLE IT WAS LOST

THE DAY THEY MARCHED ME OFF WITH MY RIGHT TO DECIDE

WE_   WERE SENT STRAIGHT TO THE FRONT

THE LAST THING THAT I FELT WAS A BODY RENDING FORCE

AND WHAT WAS LEFT OF ME WAS SENT

BACK HOME TO NEXT OF KIN_   WITH A NOTE_   OF REMORSE

THEY PUT A FLAG ON MY GRAVE_   THEY PUT A FLAG ON MY GRAVE

THAT WILL FOREVER OVER MY DEAD BODY WAVE

AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL? AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

TO BE KILLED___ BY A RULE_   AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

WHY_   THEY HAD TO MAKE THE PRICE

THE HIGHEST SACRIFICE TO HEED MY COUNTRY’S CALL

IF_   IT SERVED A PUPOSE_   WHAT?

HOW LITTLE TIME IT BOUGHT FOR THE NEXT ONES TO FALL?

ASK_   THE WEALTHY CHOSEN FEW

WHO SENT US OFF TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK AND DIE

WHEN IT COMES TO BEING FREE

THEY’RE WISER THAN ME_   THEY CAN SAY_   THEY’RE ALIVE

DON’T SAY THAT I TOLD YOU SO_   DON’T SAY THAT I TOLD YOU SO

PUT ON MY TOMBSTONE THAT I WAS THE LAST TO KNOW

AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL? AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

TO BE LED___ LIKE A MULE_   AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL? AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

TO BE USED___ LIKE A TOOL_   AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A FOOL?

 

 

see original circa 1970

SWID ORIGINALS,

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