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Billy Boy, song lyrics

Song: Billy Boy
Lyrics: Peter Seeger and Lee Hays (or Millard Lampell)(1)

Music: Peter Seeger and Lee Hays (or Millard Lampell)(1)
Year: 1941
Genre: Ballad
Country: USA


Will you go to the war, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Will you go to the war, charmin' Billy?
It's a long ways away, they are dying every day.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.

Can you use a bayonet, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Can you use a bayonet, charming Billy?
No, I haven't got the skill to murder and to kill.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.

Don't you want a silver medal, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Don't you want a silver medal, charmin' Billy?
No desire do I feel to defend Republic Steel.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.
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Don't you want to see the world, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Don't you want to see the world, charmin' Billy?
No, it wouldn't be much thrill to die for Dupont in Brazil.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.

Girls would like your uniform, Billy boy, Billy boy.
Girls would like your uniform, charmin' Billy.
They wouldn't get much chance to love me with six feet of earth above me.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.
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Are you afraid to fight, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Are you afraid to fight, charming Billy?
You can come around to me when England's a democracy.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.

Will they take you from my side, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Will they take you from my side, charming Billy?
Don't you worry, mother dear, I'm a-stayin' over here.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.
He's a young boy and cannot leave his mother.


Notes:

1 - All were members of the Almanac Singers, but authorship of the song is in dispute.

2 - Pete Seeger

3 - Lee Hays

4 - Millard Lampell