The late great folk & protest singer-songwriter Phil Ochs performs his heartfelt anti-war song “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” which remains hugely relevant today.
Ochs, who was known for his political activism and opposition to the American military industrial complex, sadly turned to alcohol and took his own life aged just 35, following supposedly psychotic rants about the FBI & CIA.
It was only years after his death that it was revealed the FBI did actually hold a file of almost 500 pages on the singer, in which they classed him as “potentially dangerous” due to his associations with ‘subversive’ counterculture figures.
At the end of the early British war
The young land started growing
The young blood started flowing
But I ain’t marchin’ anymoreFor 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
Now look at all we’ve won with the sabre and the gun
Tell me is it worth it allFor I stole California from the Mexican land
Fought in the bloody Civil War
Yes I even killed my brother
And so many others
And I ain’t marchin’ anymoreFor 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’ anymoreFor 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’ anymoreNow 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.