Billy Don't Be A Hero
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A punked up rockin cover song
Genre
Charts
Peak: #440   (261,166 songs currently in Rock)
Peak in sub-genre: #17   (18,614 songs currently in Punk)
Upload date
May 11, 2006
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MP3 2.8 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
2:26 minutes
Words/music
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
Story behind the song
Matt: We revere Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods only slightly less than Nirvana and Spinal Tap Ron: Recorded at The Evergreen State College in Studio B by Bryan Learned (bass player for the Young Pioneers) on 12/07/1983.
Lyrics
The marchin' band came down along Main 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 fiancee 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 he started to go she said, Billy, keep your 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 got to hold this piece of ground I need a volunteer to ride up 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 he started to go she said, Billy, keep your head low Billy, don't be a hero, come back to me I heard his fiancee 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 that letter away ...