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Ambush

By Harry Nilsson

This is a tongue in cheek joke song. It is about a group of soldiers marching along, singing a song (like in all the movies). The enemy hears them and mows them down.
The punchline: We ain't gonna sing that song no more...especially when we're in a war...
This is a draft of the lyrics... it starts like soft and gets louder until...

The lamp that lights the way

Is a light from yesterday.

The drum which leads the way

Is a sound from yesterday.

The road is filled with shadows

Of a million, living leaves.

Darkness all around us

And not a friend in sight.

We sang a song together

To help us through the night.

The song was sung with spirit

But soft, and like a choir.

And as the others sang along,

Our voices lifted higher.

We sang until we reached the bridge

We crossed, then saw the wire.

But by the time we stopped the song,

The enemy had opened fire.

(rat-a-tat-tat sound of gunfire)

Now, we ain't gonna sing that song no more

Ain't gonna sing that song no more.

Just don't pay to sing no more

Especially when you're in a war.

A war.

Now, this time through,

We want everybody to listen to the punchline

All right.

All right.

All right!

All right!

The song was sung with spirit

But soft and like a choir.

But by the time we stopped the song,

The enemy had opened fire.

Now, we ain't gonna sing that song no more.

Ain't gonna sing that song no more.

Just don't pay to sing no more.

Especially when you're in a war.

 

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