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Willing Conscript (Tom Paxton) Oh sergeant, I'm a draftee and I've just arrived in camp I've come to wear the uniform and join the martial tramp And I want to do my duty, but one thing I do implore You must give me lessons, sergeant, for I've never killed before To do my job obediently is all that I desire To learn my weapon thoroughly and how to aim and fire To learn to kill the enemy and how to slaughter more Oh I'll need instructions, Sergeant, for I've never killed before Now there are rumors in the camp about our enemy They say that when you see him, he looks just like you and me But you deny it, Sergeant, and you're a man of war So you must give me lessons, for I've never killed before Now there are several lessons that I have not mastered yet I haven't got the hang of how to use the bayonet If he doesn't die at once, am I to stick him with it more? Oh I hope you will be patient, for I've never killed before And the hand grenade is something that I just don't understand You've got to throw it quickly or you're apt to lose your hand Does it blow a man to pieces with its wicked muffled roar? Oh I've got so much to learn because I've never killed before Well I want to thank you, Sergeant, for the help you've been to me You've taught me how to kill and how to hate the enemy And I know that I'll be ready, when they march me off to war And I know that it won't matter that I've never killed before Copyright Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc. sung by Paxton Ain't It News and Newport 63 Broadside SOF
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