Child Soldier

by Brendan Shoreland

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The expression "child soldier" had an exclusively African based connotation until I realised that they took part in the local Lord Mayor's Parade.

I look back at my own career in the Boy Scouts and today I realise that it's a paramilitary organisation and that I was being groomed (in the paedophile sense) for military service. I accepted the indoctrination without question. Fortunately, my father didn't.

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The Lord Mayor had a parade; local children were invited.
Most celebrated carnival, but some celebrated battle.

Children in uniform, groomed to go to war. Their drums, flags and bugles still nothing more than toys.
Children in uniform, taught how to march. Perhaps one day there’ll be crosshairs trained on their heart.

The miniature soldiers and Royal Marines looked solemn and self-important.
The weight of military tradition pressed down on their young shoulders.

Children in uniform, groomed to go to war. Their drums flags and bugles still nothing more than toys.
Children in uniform, taught how to march. Do they have a target tattooed over their heart?

They tried their best to march in step as the band tried to hold the beat.
The paper dragon following them shook his head at their conceit.

Children in uniform, groomed to go to war. Their drums, flags and bugles still nothing more than toys.
Children in uniform, taught how to march. Perhaps one day there’ll be crosshairs trained on their heart.
Children in uniform, groomed to go to war. Their drums flags and bugles still nothing more than toys.
Children in uniform, taught how to march. Do they have a target tattooed over their heart?

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released May 10, 2016
Words & music by David Walton and Marieluise Niehus.

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Brendan Shoreland Plymouth, UK

Brendan Shoreland, also known as David Walton, grew up surrounded by the music of Gilbert & Sullivan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Steeleye Span. He has based his musical development on that heady mix ever since.

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