ESL Video Quiz: Buffy Sainte Marie/Donovan: Universal SoldierQuiz #: 2802
Canadian First Nations artist, Buffy Sainte Marie, wrote "Universal Soldier" to teach us a universal truth: "This is not the way to put an end to war."
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He's five foot two and he's six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31, and he's only 17
(He's) been a soldier for a thousand years
He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
a Buddhist, and a Baptist and a Jew
And he knows he shouldn't kill
And he knows he always he always will
Killing for me, my friend, and me for you
And he's fighting for Canada
He's fighting for France
He's fighting for the U.S.A.
And he's fighting for the Russians
And he's fighting for Japan
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way
And he's fighting for Democracy
He's fighting for the Reds
He says it for the peace of all
He's the one who must decide who's to live and who's to die
And he never sees the writing on the wall
But without him how would Hitler have condemned him at Lebau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body as a weapon of the war
And without him all this killing can't go on
He's a universal soldier
And he really is to blame
His orders come from faraway no more
They come from here and there and you and me
And brothers can't you see
This is not the way we put the end to war
songwriter: Buffy Sainte-Marie
performed by: Donovan
date released: 1964 by Buffy Sainte-Marie; and in 1965 by Donovan
***In Donovan's version, he departs from the original Ste. Marie lyrics to change 'Dachau' to 'Labau'. In fact, there is no Nazi death camp by that name, so one must assume that Donovan took stylistic liberties with the original lyrics.
Born Beverly Sainte-Marie in Qu'Appele Valley, Saskatchewan, in 1941, Buffy grew to be an influential musician, composer, educator, activist and visual artist for the First Nations people.
Orphaned as a child, Buffy was adopted by a couple in Maine, USA, whom she came to regard as her real family. She earned a degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Education and Asian Studies. The Emily Carr School of Art and Design in Vancouver awarded Sainte-Marie an honorary doctorate degree for her work in the visual arts as did the University of Regina for her efforts towards the education of the First Nations people.
Sainte-Marie began her musical career by teaching herself how to play the piano and guitar. These talents led to performances in coffeehouses, folk festivals and other venues in Canada, the U.S. and Europe alongside contemporaries such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young.
Her talents in songwriting wooed others to record hit songs. Sainte-Marie wrote and recorded 'Universal Soldier' in 1964, but the song did not receive popular attention. The following year, British singer, Donovan re-recorded the song, released it as 'The Universal Soldier', and it soared up the international hit charts.
As a further acknowledgment of her songwriting talents, Sainte-Marie won an Oscar Award for Best Song in 1982 for co-writing the theme song for the film, 'An Officer And A Gentleman'.
In her lifetime, Buffy Sainte-Marie has received many honours and awards. France awarded her with the Best International Artist Award in 1993. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in 1998. Also in 1998, Canada's highest citizenry award was bestowed upon her as Officer of the Order of Canada.
Buffy Sainte Marie/Donovan: Universal Soldier
Quiz #: 2802
He's five ______ two and he's six feet four.
He fights with _________ and with spears.
He's all of 31, and he's only _____.
(He's) been _________ for a thousand years.
He's a Catholic, a Hindu, _____________, a Jain.
a _________, a Baptist and a Jew.
And he knows he ________ kill,
And he knows he always _____
killing for me, my friend, and __________.
And he's fighting for _______, he's fighting for France, he's fighting for the U.S.A.
And he's fighting for ________ and he's fighting for Japan.
And he thinks we'll put ______ to war this way.
And he's fighting for _________; he's fighting for the Reds.
He says it for _________ of all.
He's the one who must decide ______ to live and ____ to die,
And he never sees __________ on the wall.
But without him how would Hitler ________ him at Lebau.
Without him Caesar would have _________.
He's the one who gives his body as ________ of the war.
And without him all _________ can't go on.
He's _______________, and he really is to blame.
His _________ come from faraway no more.
They come from here and there and you and me, and brother can't you see, this is not the way _________
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