Phil Ochs :: I Ain't Marching Anymore

Oh I marched to the battle of New Orleans 

At the end of the early British war 

The young land started growing 

The young blood started flowing 

But I ain't marchin' anymore 

For I've killed my share of Indians 

In a thousand different fights 

I was there at the Little Big Horn 

I heard many men lying I saw many more dying 

But I ain't marchin' anymore 


It's always the old to lead us to the war 

It's always the young to fall 

Now look at all we've won with the saber and the gun 

Tell me is it worth it all 

For I stole California from the Mexican land 

Fought in the bloody Civil War 

Yes I even killed my brothers 

And so many others But I ain't marchin' anymore 

For I marched to the battles of the German trench 

In a war that was bound to end all wars 

Oh I must have killed a million men 

And now they want me back again 

But I ain't marchin' anymore 


For I flew the final mission in the Japanese sky 

Set off the mighty mushroom roar 

When I saw the cities burning I knew that I was learning 

That I ain't marchin' anymore 

Now the labor leader's screamin' 

when they close the missile plants, 

United Fruit screams at the Cuban shore, 

Call it "Peace" or call it "Treason," 

Call it "Love" or call it "Reason," 

But I ain't marchin' any more, 

No I ain't marchin' any more