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A Rich Man's War (Ain't Gonna Fight)

Mark Winegar
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[2002]

"Steve Earle has a song entitled Rich Man's War. This isn't it. Steve's song is a wonderful ballad. This is a protest song intended for people to get excited about. It worked. I also hoped people would sing it so I wrote it to be a folk song. That's a song the folk can sing and play. Well, you decide if it's that.

The truth is that this song started out as a poem. It was been published as a part of the Poets Against the War Anthology and subsequently by the Indie Journal, the Web Poetry Corner, and others.

The editor of the Indie Journal called me a communist but published the poem and a related article anyway. We subsequently became good friends and I have contributed much poetry and many articles to their effort."
No, I ain't gonna fight in - no rich man's war
Like they did back in Viet Nam.
No, I ain't gonna march off - to kill another soul
off in some foreign land.

When I was a child I was taught to respect
the entire family of man.
So I can't take up arms against anyone
just to fill the pockets of some rich man.

No, I ain't gonna fight in - no rich man's war
Like they did back in Viet Nam.
No, I ain't gonna march off - to kill another soul
off in some foreign land.

When I was a young man I signed up for the draft
'cause it was the law of the land.
The draft board called me a conscientious objector
when I said I wouldn't kill my fellow man.

No, I ain't gonna fight in - no rich man's war
Like they did back in Viet Nam.
No, I ain't gonna march off - to kill another soul
off in some foreign land.

Now George W. Bush is calling you young men
to come and fight his dirty little war.
Take time to think before you lay your life on the line
just what you'll be fighting for.

No, I ain't gonna fight in - no rich man's war
Like they did back in Viet Nam.
No, I ain't gonna march off - to kill another soul
off in some foreign land.

No, I ain't gonna march off
to kill another soul
off in some foreign land.

inviata da giorgio - 1/12/2009 - 21:28



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