CONTRACT DODGER RAG
Words: Mark Bernstein
Music: "Draft Dodger Rag" by Phil Ochs
I'm an upright, uptight Friendly boy
And fanatic's my middle name.
I'm a loyal sod who believes in God
And I don't hunt glory or fame.
I know we fight for what we know is right
And it's noble to have bled.
But when they told me, "Son, it's time to carry a gun"
This is what I said:
Chorus: Well, I'm only sixteen, and my thoughts ain't clean
And my faith is growing weak.
Besides, I've got a wealth of things impairing my health.
No, I'm not the boy you seek.
It's also true I hold heretical views,
Like I'm a whole lot safer in peace.
Besides, I ain't no fool, I'm in divinity school
And I'm dating the Elder's niece.
All I hear and read says that our every deed
Is guided by the Lord.
But if God's will is gonna get me killed
Well, that I can't afford.
'Cause my only skin is the one I'm in
And I guard it carefully.
So take my suggestion, for an "ask no questions"
Kind of soldier, ask not me!
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