The Willing Conscript

Tom Paxton


writers: Tom Paxton
album: Track 2 in album Ain't That News
release date: 1965
popularity : 18 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk
length: 2:32

Album Information

label: Elektra
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Tom Paxton Ain't That News cover art


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Oh sergeant, I'm a draftee
I've come to wear the uniform

But one thing I do implore
For I've never killed before
To do my job obediently
To learn my weapon thoroughly

And then to slaughter more
For I've never killed before
Now, there are rumors in the camp
They say that when you see him

And you are a man of war
For I've never killed before
Now, there are several lessons
I haven't got the hang of

Am I to stick him with it more?
For I've never killed before
And the hand grenade is somethin'
You've got to throw it quickly

With it's wicked, muffled roar?
Because I've never killed before
Well, I want to thank you, sergeant
You've taught me how to kill

When they march me off to war
That I've never killed before
That I've never killed before


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Ain't That News
  • 2 The Willing Conscript
  • 3 Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
  • 4 Hold on to Me Babe
  • 5 The Name of the Game Is Stud
  • 6 Bottle of Wine
  • 7 The Natural Girl for Me
  • 8 Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney
  • 9 We Didn't Know
  • 10 Buy a Gun for Your Son
  • 11 Every Time
  • 12 Georgie on the Freeways
  • 13 Sully's Pail
  • 14 I'm the Man That Built the Bridges