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For whom do 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


10000 Maniacs lyrics - Anthem for doomed youth


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