Posted by: the warrioress | February 6, 2012

Billy Jack – One Tin Soldier

Listen children to a story that was written long ago
’bout a kingdom on a mountain and the valley folk below
on the mountain was a treasure buried deep beneath a stone
and the valley people swore they’d have it for their very own

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 judgment day 
on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away

So the people of the valley sent a message up the hill,
asking for the buried treasure, tons of gold for which they’d kill.
Came an answer from the kingdom “with our brothers we will share, 
all the secrets of our mountain, all the riches buried there.”

Now the valley cried with anger, “mount your horses, draw your swords,”
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 looks 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 judgment day 
on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

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 judgment day 
on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away…

——–

Billy Jack

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The song (One Tin Soldier)  is a parable condemning prejudice and greed. The refrain contains lines about hating one’s neighbor and cheating one’s friend, indicating that despite trying to justify things like hatred and violence to oneself, it is wrong all the same.

The lyrics of the chorus mention biblical concepts such as Heaven, Judgment Day (Last Judgment), and justification, leading many to believe that the song had Judaic and Christian origins. Specifically, it contains a notable line about using religion (“Do it in the name of Heaven”) as an excuse for prejudice or violence, indicating that doing so will not necessarily be viewed as righteous by God when facing the Last Judgment.

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This is one of my all time favorite movies, ever. 

The movie is anti-war, and features a wonderful hero in Tom Laughlin, who plays Billy Jack. Tom is still alive and well and still standing strong, portraying his beliefs proudly. So is Delores Laughlin. You can visit them both at their site BillyJack.com. They also have a facebook page HERE.

Tom posts his and Delores’ political perspectives HERE.

To rent or stream “Billy Jack” in its entirety, visit the following link HERE.

for mobile phone viewers, to view the song “One Tin Soldier”, click HERE.

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  1. This to is one of my favorite movies. I was in High School when this was released. Although I was young I knew all to well what the message meant. I look all around the world today and even at some christians and feel that they justifiy decisions made thinking that they are bibically based. My heart crys out to God the Father, Jesus the Son and our Comforter the Holy Spirit to bring a strong discernment to our nation and it’s people. I appreciate your Spiritual Blog, as in any thing I’m sure there may be somethings we are not entirely in agreement with,but I am eager to read more and see if I have found a kindred spirit. I too have just recently began blogging. I have gone through terrible situations but am trying to be a lighthouse (so to speak) for God, although I am still a work in progress. I pray God Blesses you greatly and I look forward to reading more of what the Lord has placed on your mind to share…may it not return void In Jesus Name, Amen.

  2. Debbie, I am most definitely a work in progress. Sometimes I’m in amazement of what on earth God had in mind when He reached down to me, expecting to be able to use me for anything to do with the Kingdom. I can think of nothing I want more though.. nothing.

    So glad you’re enjoying the blog.. I will have to visit your blog now.


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