10,000 Maniacs Anthem for Doomed Youth Lyrics

Human Conflict Number Five Track Listing
  • 1 Tension
  • 2 Planned Obsolescence
  • 3 Orange
  • 4 Groove Dub
  • 5 Anthem for Doomed Youth
  • For whom the bells toll
    When sentenced to die
    The stuttering rifles
    Will stifle the cry
    The monstrous anger
    The fear's rapid rattle
    A desert inferno
    Kids dying like cattle

    Don't tell me
    We're not prepared
    I've seen today's marine
    He's eighteen and he's eager
    He can be quite mean

    No mock'ries for them
    No prayers or bells
    The demented choirs
    The wailing of shells
    The boys holding candles
    On untraveled roads
    The fear spreads like fire
    As shrapnel explodes

    I think it's wrong
    To conscript our youth
    Against their will
    When plenty of our citizenry
    Really like to kill

    What sign posts will lead
    To armageddon's fires
    What bugles will call them
    From crowded grey shires
    The women sit quiet
    With death on their minds
    A slow dusk descending
    The drawing of blinds

    Make the hunters all line up
    It's their idea of fun
    And let those be forgiven
    Who never owned a gun
    Was it him or me
    Or the wailing of the dead
    The laughing soldiers
    Cast their lots
    And you can cut the dread
    Lyrics © OBO APRA/AMCOS

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