"One Tin Soldier" as written by Dennis Earle Lambert and Brian Potter....
One tin soldier
Listen people to a story
That was written long ago,
'bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley folks below.
On the mountain was a treasure
Hidden deep beneath a stone,
And the valley people swore
They'd have it for their very own.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
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,
On the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure
Tons of gold for which they'd kill.
Came the answer from the kingdom,
With our brothers we will share,
All the riches of the mountain,
All the treasure 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 before the treasure
On the mountain dark and red
Turned the stone and looked beneath it
Peace on earth, was all it said.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat and 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,
On the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.


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"One Tin Soldier" as written by Dennis Earle Lambert Brian Potter

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  • +2
    My Interpretationis this a joke? i dont think the song writer is trying to tell you HOW judgement day is or is not going to happen.

    first of all, its simply (and certainly not maliciously) using the Christian concept of Judgement Day to convey a point. its just a metaphor/story/poem. its not trying to change what you believe about the actual judgement day.

    second of all, for someone upset about how Christian beliefs are being treated, you attacked this songs meaning rather violently. where is the "peace on Earth", my fellow brother of Christ? this song is saying that the most valuable treasure is peace on Earth.

    Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
    Go ahead and cheat a friend. - just go ahead and do bad things that you know are wrong.
    Do it in the name of Heaven, - every single person has a different idea of what Heaven is. this is saying when you do these actions, just do it in the name of what you believe Heaven to be...
    You can justify it in the end. - ...because when you when you ultimately die (in the end), you will be able to justify your actions because you did it in the name of what you believed to be right.
    There won't be any trumpets blowing
    Come the judgement day,- trumpets blowing can used symbolically for beholding power or glory. in terms of the judgement day, corinthians and thessolonians say that these trumpets are what call people "into the air" to join Christ in everlasting life. this is the kicker for your argument for this song being anti-christian in anyway. its saying that when that man who cheated friends and hated neighbors is ultimately judged, he is not justified. there are no trumpets calling him to any type of Heaven or salvation.
    On the bloody morning after....
    One tin soldier rides away. - the sinning man, justified only in his own eyes, is damned to earth and hollow as tin. to God, to Christ, to others in Heaven, there is no justification for his evil actions.
    OtisUphamon May 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think the lyrics need any explanation, most of us are intelligent enough to get its message of peace and camaraderie in favour of violence, greed, and evil....such a meaningful and beautiful song. I only wish the world could be better modeled on the example set in this tale

    I sang this song on a sailing trip; a beautiful memory
    River Wolfon February 25, 2014   Link
  • -4
    General CommentWhat a satanic song.

    I'm not kidding. Look at these words:

    Go ahead and hate your neighbor.
    Go ahead and cheat your friend.
    Do it in the name of Heaven,
    you can justify it in the end.
    There won't be any trumpets blowing
    come the Judgement Day
    On the bloody mountain after
    one tin soldier rides away.

    Excuse me, Judgement Day is the FINAL JUDGEMENT by Jehovah God of every soul; only the ones who believe on Jesus will be justified, while the sinners who do not know Jesus Christ will be judged "...every man according to their works..." and "...whosoever's name is not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire."

    I'll say the chorus is street-talk blasphemy. Enough said.
    NoiseIsNotMusic99on April 04, 2012   Link

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