Little boy solider Tommy Gun
He'd kill to play "peace keeper man"
It's a little game he learned from dad
His daddy was a "peace keeper" in Iraq
Pretending he's off solidering, in a distant far off land
He cocks his gun, he shoots you down
Murder again, and again, and again
Murder again, and again, and again
Murder again, and again, and again
Teaching the children to murder
Sunday morning, off to church,
A red faced preacher sweating words
This fat old fuck goes on and on
Tommy learned a special lesson
"Thou shall love they neighbor,
And thou shall never kill,
Void in name in cash"
Murder again, and again, and again
Murder again, and again, and again
Murder again, and again, and again
Teaching the children to murder
You're going to dream tonight little boy,
And in that nightmare you're going to wake up to think...
That's when you'll get it
They punish anyone, don't you know
That shows any sign of understanding
More than their rhetoric
Just like his dad, and his dad's dad before him
Tommy went off to fight in a war
And protect his people from an inhumane race,
From an out of sight threat, in a far away place
And just before Tommy got shot down, he stopped to think,
To ask himself,
"Are their armies also made up of their poor?"
Murder again, and again, and again
Murder again, and again, and again
Murder again, and again, and again
Teaching the children to murder


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    General Commentdont u just love this song?i do! it's so true. war is wrong and america trys to brainwash us and tell us it's right. i hope justin keeps fighting. I LOVE THIS SONG!
    justin_saneon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti like this song too
    AntiFlag19on October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe first comment pretty well hit this one on the head. The song is about how everything in society from the time we're young children is trying to brainwash you to buy into their truths. As with many of Justin's solo songs it has a touching moment near the end when the kid in the song finally opens his eyes to what was happening, even if it was too late for him.

    No matter how great this song is, don't go around singing the chorus out loud. It can really cause problems, I know this from experience.
    1CompleteIdioton April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentPeace keeping soldiers sounds contradictive.

    Ever hear Ghandi's quote, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind?"
    BrianLovesJennieon April 27, 2003   Link

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