One More Parade

Words and Music by Phil Ochs and Bob Gibson 

Lyrics

Hup, two, three, four, marchin' down the street
Rollin' of the drums and the tramplin' of the feet
The general salutes while the mothers wave and weep
Here comes the big parade, don't be afraid
The price is paid, one more parade

Refrain:
So young, so strong, so ready for the war
So willing to go and die upon a foreign shore
All march together, everybody looks the same
So there is no one you can blame, don't be ashamed
Light the flame, one more parade

Listen for the sound and listen for the noise
Listen for the thunder of the marching boys
A few years ago their guns were only toys
Here comes the big parade, don't be afraid
The price is paid, one more parade
Refrain

Medals on their coats, and guns in their hands
All trained to kill as they're trained to stand
Ten thousand ears need only one command
Here comes the big parade, don't be afraid
The price is paid, one more parade
Refrain

Cold hard stares on faces so proud
Kisses from the girls and cheers from the crowd
And the widows from the last war cryin' through their shroud
Here comes the big parade, don't be afraid
The price is paid, don't be ashamed, war's a game
The world in flames - so start the parade

Notes 

Copyright © 1964 WARNER BROS., INC.