There never was a good war or a bad peace. ~Ben Franklin
Of this song, Ochs himself wrote: "The fact that you won't be hearing this song on the radio is more than enough justification for the writing of it." In August 1968, Ochs performed "I Ain't Marching Anymore" during the protests outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC), inspiring hundreds of young men to burn their draft cards. Ochs described it as the highlight of his career.
Artist: Ochs Phil Song: I Ain't Marching Anymore
Album: There But for Fortune
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 marchin' 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 marchin' 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 marchin' 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 marchin' anymore / (chorus) 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 marchin' 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 marchin' any more, / No I ain't marchin' any more