"Tin Soldiers" as written by Jake Burns and Gordon Archer Ogilvie....
He joined up to get a job and show he wasn't scared
Swapped boy scout hat for army cap
He thought he'd be prepared
At the age of seventeen, he was forced to choose
At the age of twenty-one, he's in Catch-22, all right!

He joined up for just three years, it seemed a small amount
But they didn't tell him that
The first two didn't count
At the age of seventeen how was he to know
That at the age of twenty-one he'd still have one to go?

Tin soldier
He signed away his name
Tin soldier
No chance for cash or fame
Tin soldier
Now he knows the truth
Tin soldier
He signed away his youth

He joined up 'cause Dad knew best to do right by his son
And now he hates and counts the dates
That mark time on square one
At the age of seventeen he did as he was told
Now at the age of twenty-one tin still won't turn to gold

Tin soldier
He signed away his name
Tin soldier
No chance for cash or fame
Tin soldier
Now he knows the truth
Tin soldier
He signed away his youth

If at the age of seventeen you fall in line too soon
Then at the age of twenty-one you'll still march to their tune
Hup, two, three, four
Hup, two, three, four
Hup, two, three, four
Hup, two, three, four

Tin soldiers, you signed away your name
Tin soldiers, no chance for cash or fame
Tin soldiers, now you know the truth
Tin soldiers, you sign away your youth
Tin soldiers, you go and join the queue
Tin soldiers, do what they want you to
Tin soldiers, they take away your name
Tin soldiers, they treat you all the same

Sign away your life
Sign away your life


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"Tin Soldiers" as written by Jake Burns Gordon Archer Ogilvie

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    General CommentI believe it is, "If at the age of 17, you're father lied to you" not "If at the age of 17 you fall in line too soon"
    punkforjesuson May 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo, it is "If at the age of 17 you fall in line too soon", as it refers to the military "falling in" for parades and the like. As for the song, it means a lot to me as its exactly what happened to my brother when he signed up, he didn't realise that his contract only started properly when he was 19.
    Stadgeon April 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts like the army commercals. all the propaganda that the army gives you to belive that dieing for this country is right. and how your father can tell you that this army will make a man out of you. and if you dont belive in rebeling, thinking how you wana think, and making your own decisions when your younge. youll be a trained lap dog by the time your old
    wastedlife08on September 19, 2007   Link

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