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One Tin Soldier

Coven


Language: English



[1971]

Testo di Dennis Potter
Lyrics by Dennis Potter

Music by Brian Lambert
Musica di Brian Lambert

Dall'album "Coven"
From the Album "Coven"

Theme from the movie "Billy Jack"
Tema dal film "Billy Jack"



La copertina originale dell'incisione di The Original Caste. The Original Caste's original disc cover.
La copertina originale dell'incisione di The Original Caste. The Original Caste's original disc cover.
This song's message is that human greed and violence is futile.
The songwriting team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter wrote this. They wrote songs for Dusty Springfield, The Four Tops and Glen Campbell.
In 1969, this was a hit for a short-lived Canadian band called Original Caste as simply "One Tin Soldier." Original Caste's version reached US #34 and went to #1 in Canada.
Coven's version was used as the theme from the 1971 independent film Billy Jack.
In 1973, Coven released a re-recorded version of the song which reached US #79. In 1974, their version from 1971 was reissued, reaching US #73.

The song was written during the anti-war movement of the late 60's. Also going on at that time was the Six Day War of 1967 in Israel. The "Kingdom on a mountain" is none other than The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It sits on Mt. Moriah. The people of the valley are the Muslim or Palestinian people who live in the Kidron Valley adjacent to Mt. Moriah. The Stone with the treasure underneath it is the stone that the Muslims claim Mohammed ascended and the Jews claim was the base in The Holy of Holies. The treasure underneath "the stone" which is up to 120ft.under the Temple mount is where the supposed hidden treasure of the Jewish treasury was. The Templars of the early 1000 a.d. where said to have found this treasure. The song closely discusses details of "The Crusades". The people of the Valley who did not want to share was none other than the leader of the Muslims, Saladin the Turkish leader who had restricted visitation of other religions to Jerusalem which in turn intitiated the crusades. Saladin(the Muslims) did regain the Temple Mount. So, the song's message is that we fight wars and shed blood for greed in the name of our God's but God just want's "Peace on Earth" as was written on the stone when it was turned over. The One Tin Soldier riding away just says that masses die in war on both sides and only one or a few are left. It sarcastically says go ahead and do evil but you will not escape your deeds on Judgment Day.

(Da/From Songfacts )

One Tin Soldier is a ‘60s era anti-war song written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. The Canadian pop group "Original Caste" first recorded the song in 1969. The track briefly reached limited popularity locally and reached Number 34 on the American pop charts in early 1970.

The US rock group Coven recorded the song as part of the sound track for the movie Billy Jack. This release, titled as "One Tin Soldier: The Legend of Billy Jack", reached number 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 in fall 1971, while a slightly different version recorded by Guy Chandler (titled "One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)") charted in summer 1973. Coven never recorded another significant hit, becoming a so-called one hit wonder.

"One Tin Soldier" tells the abstract story of a hidden treasure and two feuding peoples (the Mountain People and the Valley People) to describe how inhumane some people can be when greed is involved. The Valley People are aware of a "treasure" on the mountain, buried under a stone; they send a message to the Mountain People demanding those riches. When told they can share the treasure, the Valley People instead mount their horses, swords drawn, and ride up to take it by force. After killing all the Mountain People, the victors move the stone and find nothing more than a simple message: "Peace on Earth".

The song has been covered by other groups, including Gimp, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Killdozer. Luanne Platter (Brittany Murphey) sang the song on the King of the Hill Soundtrack. It has also been mistakenly credited to Joan Baez, who never recorded it.

This song was also covered by Voices for Peace, a band consisting of a group of voice actors including Greg Ayres and Tiffany Grant. Ayres sang this very rock-ish version of the song.

The Original Caste version is still played on Canadian oldies stations. (en.wikipedia)
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.

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi




Language: Italian

Versione italiana di Riccardo Venturi
29 novembre 2005
UN SOLDATINO DI PIOMBO

Ascoltate, bambini, una storia scritta tanto tempo fa
di un regno sulla montagna, e della gente della valle sottostante.
Sulla montagna c’era un tesoro sepolto in profondo sotto una pietra,
e i valligiani giurarono che lo avrebbero avuto tutto per sé.

Su, forza, odiate il vostro vicino, su, forza, tradite un amico.
Fatelo in nome di Dio, così alla fine potete anche giustificarlo.
Non ci sarà nessuna tromba che suonerà il giorno del giudizio,
in quella maledetta mattina dopo che un soldatino di piombo è partito.

E così i valligiani mandarono un messaggio lassù in alto
chiedendo il tesoro nascosto, tonnellate d’oro per cui avrebbero ucciso.
E giunse una risposta dal regno, « Con i nostri fratelli divideremo
tutti i segreti della montagna e tutte le ricchezze che vi sono sepolte. »

Allora la valle si infuriò : « Montate a cavallo e sguainate le spade »,
e ammazzarono quelli della montagna guadagnandosi la giusta ricompensa.
Ora stavano accanto al tesoro sulla montagna, scura e rossa,
girarono la pietra e vi guardarono sotto : « Pace in terra », era tutto quel che diceva.

2005/11/29 - 22:16




Language: Italian

Versione italiana e commento

Tratti da Reparto Canzoni - di Fabio

"One tin soldier rides away" è una canzone contro la guerra scritta da Dennis Lambert (testo) e Brian Potter (musica) all'inizio degli anni '60. La prima registrazione di questa canzone venne effettuata dal gruppo canadese "The Original Caste" nel 1969. Successivamente, nel 1972, il gruppo statunitense dei "Coven" la utilizzò nella colonna sonora del film "The Legend of Billy Jack".
UN SOLDATINO DI STAGNO

Ascolta, bambino, una storia
scritta molto tempo fa,
di un regno di montagna
e del popolo della Valle sottostante
Sulla montagna c'era un tesoro,
seppellitto nel profondo vicino alla roccia,
e le persone della valle giurarono
che l'avrebbero tenuto per loro

Vai avanti e odia il tuo vicino,
Vai avanti e inganna un amico
fallo nel nome del Cielo
potrai giustificarti alla fine
Non ci sarà nessuna tromba a suonare
fino al giorno del giudizio
nel sanguinoso mattino successivo
Un soldatino di stagno se ne va

Così le persone della valle
inviarono un messaggio sulla collina
chiedendo del tesoro seppellito
tonnellate d'oro per le quali avrebbero ucciso
Arrivò una risposta dalla montagna
"Con i nostri fratelli divideremo
tutti i segreti della montagna
tutte le ricchezze seppellitevi"

Ora la [gente della] valle urla con rabbia
"Salite a cavallo, sfoderate la spada!"
e così uccisero il popolo della montagna
vinsero la loro giusta ricompensa
Ora giacciono vicino al tesoro,
sulla montagna, buia e rossa
Girarono la pietra e guardarono sotto di essa
"Pace sulla terra" era tutto quello che c'era scritto

Vai avanti e odia il tuo vicino,
Vai avanti e inganna un amico
fallo nel nome del cielo
potrai giustificarti alla fine
Non ci sarà nessuna tromba a suonare
fino al giorno del giudizio
nel sanguinoso mattino successivo
Un soldatino di stagno se ne va

Vai avanti e odia il tuo vicino,
Vai avanti e inganna un amico
fallo nel nome del cielo
potrai giustificarti alla fine
Non ci sarà nessuna tromba a suonare
fino al giorno del giudizio
nel sanguinoso mattino successivo
Un soldatino di stagno se ne va

Contributed by GioZ - 2006/9/29 - 18:58



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