The Mighty Mighty Bosstones:Tin Soldiers

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“Tin Soldiers”
Artist: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Albums: Don't Know How To Party (1993)
Composers: Burns/Ogilvie
Lyricists: Jake Burns


He joined up to get a job, to show he wasn’t scared
All wrapped up in that army crap, he thought he’d be prepared
Well at the age of 17 he was forced to choose
Now at the age of 21 he’s in catch-22
Go!

He joined up for just three years, it seemed a small amount
But what they didn’t tell him was the first two didn’t count
At the age of 17 how was he to know
That at the age of 21 he’d still have more to go?

Tin soldier!
He signed away his name!
Tin soldier!
No chance of casual fame!
Tin soldier!
Well, now he knows the truth!
Tin soldier!
He signed away his youth!

He joined up, 'cause dad knew right to do right by his son
Well, now he hates and counts the days that mark time since day one
At the age of 17 he did what he was told
Now at the age of 21 there’s still one-third to go!

Tin soldier!
He signed away his name!
Tin soldier!
No chance of casual fame!
Tin soldier!
Well, now he knows the truth!
Tin soldier!
He signed away his youth!

(Ahead march!)
If at the age of 17 (to the left, left)
You fall in line too soon (left, right, left)
Then at the age of 21 (to the left, left)
You still marche to the tune (left, right, left)
One, two, three, four!
One, two, three, four!
One, two, three, four!
One, two, three, go!

Tin soldier!
He signed away his name!
Tin soldier!
No chance for casual fame!
Tin soldier!
Well now he knows the truth!
Tin soldier!
He signed away his youth!

Tin soldier!
What is he fighting for?
Tin soldier!
To win a fucking war?
Tin soldier!
*#*#*#*#*
Tin soldier!
Oh yeah!

Signed away his name!
Signed away his name!