I A'INT MARCHING ANYMORE BY PHIL OCHS (1964)

Phil OChs:

Phil Ochs was an anti-war artist who created the song "I Ain't Marching Anymore". This famous song was recorded in 1964 and released in 1965. This song truly displays the frustration and discontent with the anti-war Americans in the 1960s.

Lyrics

Oh, I marched to the battle of New Orleans

At the end of the early British war

The young land started growing

The young blood started flowing

But I ain't marching anymore

For I've killed my share of Indians

In a thousand different fights

I was there at the Little Big Horn

I heard many men lying, I saw many more dying

But I ain't marching anymore

It's always the old to lead us to the war

It's always the young to fall

Now look at all we've won with the saber and the gun

Tell me is it worth it all

For I stole California from the Mexican land

Fought in the bloody Civil War

Yes, I even killed my brothers

And so many others

But I ain't marching anymore

For I marched to the battles of the German trench

In a war that was bound to end all wars

Oh, I must have killed a million men

And now they want me back again

But I ain't marching anymore

It's always the old to lead us to the war

It's always the young to fall

Now look at all we've won with the saber and the gun

Tell me is it worth it all

For I flew the final mission in the Japanese sky

Set off the mighty mushroom roar

When I saw the cities burning I knew that I was learning

That I ain't marching anymore

Now the labor leader's screamin'

When they close the missile plants

United Fruit screams at the Cuban shore

Call it, Peace, or call it, Treason

Call it, Love, or call it, Reason

But I ain't marching anymore

No, I ain't marching anymore

Analysis:

The young land started growing

The young blood started flowing

But I ain't marching anymore

He is saying that even in the early years of America there has been young men being sacrificed for the country. In this he is fed up with the "young blood flowing", and uses his overall point that he "ain't marching anymore".

I heard many men lying, I saw many more dying

But I ain't marching anymore

It's always the old to lead us to the war

It's always the young to fall

He recognizes that all the "men are lying" which is contributing to the credibility gap and that the men in Vietnam "are still dying". He also says that it is the older generation that leads us to war and the young men always get sent to die for them and their country.

For I marched to the battles of the German trench

In a war that was bound to end all wars

Oh, I must have killed a million men

And now they want me back again

But I ain't marching anymore

It's always the old to lead us to the war

It's always the young to fall

He is talking about World War 2 and how much death and destruction was involved in that war. He says it was "a war bound to end all wars" but then continues saying that they "want us back again" in Vietnam to fight an unnecessary war which young men are going "to fall".

For I flew the final mission in the Japanese sky

Set off the mighty mushroom roar

He mentions the nuclear bomb in the Japanese war and shames it in his own way.

When they close the missile plants

United Fruit screams at the Cuban shore

Call it, Peace, or call it, Treason

Call it, Love, or call it, Reason

But I ain't marching anymore

No, I ain't marching anymore

He also mentions the Cuban Missile Crisis. He finishes with saying how peace is linking with treason and love is linked with reason in the flawed American society. He end the song with his famous song with "I ain't marching anymore, stating he is done with war and will not fight for it anymore.

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