Billy Don't Be a Hero Lyrics

Paper Lace


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Mitch Murray, Peter Callander
album: Track in album And Other Bits of Material / First Edition
release date: 2010-6-21
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length: 4:04

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Paper Lace And Other Bits of Material / First Edition cover art
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The marchin' band came down along Maine Street
The soldier blues fell in behind
I looked across and there I saw Billy
Waiting to go and join the line

And with her head upon his shoulder
His young and lovely fiancée
From where I stood I saw she was cryin'
And through her tears I heard her say

Billy, don't be a hero, don't be a fool with your life
Billy, don't be a hero, come back and make me your wife
And as Billy started to go she said keep your pretty head low
Billy, don't be a hero, come back to me

The soldier blues were trapped on a hillside
The battle raging all around
The sergeant cried, we've got to hang on, boys
We've gotta hold this piece of ground

I need a volunteer to ride out
And bring us back some extra men
And Billy's hand was up in a moment
Forgettin' all the words she said, she said

Billy, don't be a hero, don't be a fool with your life
Billy, don't be a hero, come back and make me your wife
And as Billy started to go she said, keep your pretty head low
Billy, don't be a hero, come back to me

I heard his fiancée got a letter
That told how Billy died that day
The letter said that he was a hero
She should be proud he died that way
I heard she threw the letter away


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Billy Don't Be a Hero
  • 2 Hitchin' A Ride '74
  • 3 I Did What I Did for Maria
  • 4 Mary in the Morning
  • 5 Sealed With a Kiss
  • 6 Bye Bye Blues
  • 7 Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
  • 8 The Night Chicago Died
  • 9 Love Song
  • 10 Dreams Are Ten a Penny
  • 11 Love You're a Long Time Coming
  • 12 Cheek to Cheek
  • 13 Celia
  • 14 Can You Get It When You Want It
  • 15 The Black Eyed Boys
  • 16 Jean
  • 17 So What If I Am
  • 18 Himalayan Lullaby
    CD 2
  • 1 In the Morning
  • 2 Stoney End
  • 3 Lady White
  • 4 I've Got You, That's Enough for Me
  • 5 Threw My Love Away
  • 6 Martha (Whatever Happened)
  • 7 Games People Play
  • 8 Please Be My Friend
  • 9 You Can't Touch Me
  • 10 Elsie
  • 11 Like a Rolling Stone
  • 12 Early One Morning
  • 13 Ragamuffin Man