Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods – Billy Don’t Be A Hero

A soldier is killed in action as described in this 1974 pop song. It was a hit in Britain by Paper Lace and then again in the USA by this group. All the same, despite the 1970s release the tune is more likely about the American Civil War and not Vietnam. Horses and older forms of communication are cited as the clues to this.

It is surely one of the bounciest, bubble gum anti-war songs on record! That it was interpreted as being about Vietnam can show that sentiments for peace transcend the centuries and generations – that war is war.

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