I'm just an aging drummer boy And in the wars I used to play And I've called the tune To many a torture session Now they say I am a war criminal And I'm fading away Father please hear my confession
I have legalised robbery Called it belief I have run with the money I have hid like a thief Re-written history With my armies and my crooks Invented memories I did burn all the books And I can still hear his laughter And I can still hear his song The man's too big The man's too strong
Well I tried to be meek I have tried to be mild But I spat like a woman And I sulked like a child I have lived behind walls That have made me alone Striven for peace Which I never have known And I can still hear his laughter And I can still hear his song The man's too big The man's too strong
Well the sun rose on the courtyard And they all did hear him say 'You always was a Judas But I got you anyway You may have got your silver But I swear upon my life Your sister gave me diamonds And I give 'em to your wife' Oh Father please help me For I have done wrong The man's too big The man's too strong
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