Well, I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Well, I don't want to be a sailor mama, I don't want to fly
Well, I don't want to be a failure mama, I don't want to cry
Well, I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no

Well, I don't want to be a rich man mama, I don't want to cry
Well, I don't want to be a poor man mama, I don't want to fly
Well, I don't want to be a lawyer mama, I don't want to lie
Well, I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, hey

Well, I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Well, I don't want to be a thief now mama, I don't want to fly
Well, I don't want to be a churchman mama, I don't want to cry
Well, I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, hey

Oh well, I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Well, I don't want to be a sailor mama, I don't want to fly
Well, I don't want to be a failure mama, I don't want to cry
I don't want to be a soldier mama, I don't want to die
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no


Lyrics submitted by Joekubrick, edited by DanMercury

"I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier" as written by John Lennon

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  • +1
    General CommentGroovy song.
    Eatcarpeton April 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove this song... has such a nice flow to it
    stpfan22on April 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthink its simple, John Lennon just wants to be John Lennon
    justedbinon November 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBasically an anti war song IMHO with a few other things thrown in that John didn't want to be, some of it not making great sense as he has just thrown in words that rhyme with die. I quite like it. I was just thinking there are a few of his songs that list things in a similar fashion - God, Oh Yoko, Give Peace A Chance .....
    Sunnyhillon January 22, 2020   Link
  • -1
    General Commentworst song on the album. way too long, repetitive, and cliche. the anti-I Want You (She's So Heavy) in terms of it closing side one of Imagine.
    JohnnyLurgon December 09, 2012   Link

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