“Now the valley cried with anger, mount your horses draw your sword and they killed the mountain people so they won their just reward.
Now they stood beside the treasure, on the mountain dark and red. Turned the stone and looked beneath it, Peace on Earth was all it said.
Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of Heaven, you can justify it in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowing come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after…one tin soldier rides away.”
In 1969 the Canadian pop group, The Original Caste, recorded the song One Tin Soldier written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. It was during the Viet Nam war era and was considered by many an anti-war song.
Who was this “Tin Soldier”? The message simply put is that human greed and violence is futile.
The Mountain people seem to be isolated from the rest of the world and dedicated to protecting the treasure that they coveted so dearly. Did they believe they had a solution to the greed and hatred that was consuming the governments of the world buried underneath the rock? Would it end the oppression of the weak? Could the Valley people be representative of an affiliation with a Christian religion? It’s possible that the “Tin Soldier” was a messenger from God whose job one day would be to bring judgement on those who had committed violent acts against others with the hope of bringing “Peace on Earth” to fruition? The answers to these questions are entirely left up to the interpretation of the listener.
It’s clear the Valley people believed that “tons of gold” along with other riches were buried beneath the stone. The Valley people wanted these treasures for their own (greed) and are unwilling to share the treasures with the Mountain people. Upon the answer from the Mountain people, with our brothers we will share all the secrets of our mountain, all the riches buried there, the Valley people shouted mount your horses and draw your sword and they killed all the people on the mountain. They turned the stone to find the treasure “Peace on earth”. No gold. No riches.
They declare war on the Mountain people and as they stand upon the mountain dark and red with the blood of the Mountain people they find the answer to all the inequities of the world, Peace on Earth.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I have no evidence that this is the message of Lambert and Potter. It is merely nothing more than the interpretation of this listener. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember to spread the love and to be kind to each other.