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Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter

Song Information

First released by The Original Caste (1969)

Lyrics

Listen children to a story That was written long ago Bout a kingdom on a mountain And the valley folk below On the mountain was a treasure Buried deep beneath the stone And the valley people swore They'd have it for their very own So go ahead and hate your neighbour 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 blowing Come the judgment day But on the bloody morning after One tin soldier rides away So the people from 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 cried with anger "Mount your horses, draw your swords" And they killed the mountain people So they won their just rewards 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 So go ahead and hate your neighbour 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 blowing Come the judgment day But on the bloody morning after One tin soldier rides away