Recent events made me think of this song, especially when I hear of the quarrel with the mosque in NY, peace talks with the Middle East, and of the combat soldiers leaving Iraq.
I miss the 70’s.
The words say it all.
Listen children to a story that was written long ago
’bout a kingdom on a mountain and the valley folk below
on the mountain was a treasure buried deep beneath a stone
and the valley people swore they’d have it for their very own
CHORUS: go ahead and hate your neighbor
go ahead and cheat a friend
do it in the name of heaven
you could 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 an answer from the kingdom “with our brothers we will share.
All the secrets of our mountain, all the riches 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 reward.
Now they stood beside the treasure, on the mountain dark and red.
Turned the stone and looks beneath it; PEACE ON EARTH was all it said.