The Tin Soldier

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Drew James
2015
Drew James

Lyrics

The Tin Soldier

Drew James© 2008

 

The blue ribbon fell from the box

That was wrapped at the toymaker’s shop

At silent attention within

Were toy soldiers made of tin

 

The tin that the toymaker bought

Came up just a little bit short

So one soldier in the platoon

Had one leg instead of two

 

A tin tear fell from the soldier’s eye

When he realized

He could never march in the parade

 

When the other soldiers left him behind

Something caught the tin soldier’s eye

There by a little glass lake

A ballerina danced on one leg

 

The tine solider he never knew

That her other leg was just out of view

She raised it so high off the floor

It was hidden by the skirt she wore

 

Tin tears of pain turned to tin tears of joy

When that soldier toy

Fell in love with the dancing doll

 

And he dreamed in his mind

Of a day they might be man and wife

For if in his arms she could be

Their two legs would make them complete

 

A little boy reached into the box

For the one legged soldier he got

Then he climbed high atop of his bed

And placed the soldier on a tall window ledge

 

A brisk wind rose up from the south

And blew the tin soldier out

He fell through the cold winter breeze

And landed head first in the street

 

Tin tears of joy turned to tin tears of pain

As it began to rain

He thought of his dancing doll

 

As the soldier lay there drenched by the storm

Two boys happened along

One looked down on the ground

And said, ”Hey, look what I found!”

 

They fashioned a newspaper boat

To see if the soldier would float

But the gutter was a-rage with the rain

And washed the little boat down the drain

 

Tin tears of pain turned to tin tears of joy

As that soldier toy

Said,”I’m off to see the world!”

 

And he dreamed in his mind

As he rode down through the pipes

“A pirate of the sewer I will be

With a matchstick strung to my knee”

 

The pipe led to the ocean so deep

Where the little boat began to sink

When the soldier hit the bottom below

A big fish swallowed him whole

 

The big fish swam far out to sea

As the soldier cried,”Oh, woe is me

For I can never see the world and its sights

In this fish belly dark as the night”

 

Tin tears of joy turned to tin tears of pain

For his love was in vain

With his ballerina so far away

 

The fisherman yelled, “That one is mine!”

As he pulled the big fish in on his line

Then he sold it to a man in the town

Who took it home to batter and brown

 

The man gave the fish to his wife

Who opened it up with a knife

When light reached the tin soldiers glance

He saw the room where his adventure had began

 

Tin tears of pain turned to tin tears of joy

When that soldier toy

Saw his ballerina dancing by the lake

 

And he dreamed in his mind

Of a day they might be man and wife

For if in his arms she could be

Their two legs would make them complete

 

The little boy who'd opened the box

Pulled the soldier from the fish’s gut

Then he cried “He’s all smelly and stained”

And threw the soldier out the window again

 

A sequin tear fell from the ballerina’s eye

When she realized

She may never see her soldier again

 

She still dreams in her mind

Of a day they might be man and wife

For if in her arms he could be

Their two hearts would make them complete

 

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