Did you see them
Going off to fight?
Children of the barricade
Who didn’t last the night?
Did you see them
Lying where they died?
Someone used to cradle them
And kiss them when they cried.
Did you see them
Lying side by side?
Who will wake them?
No one ever will.
No one ever told them
That a summer day can kill.
They were schoolboys
Never held a gun
Fighting for a new world
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would rise up like the sun

Where’s that new world
Now the fighting’s done?
Nothing changes, nothing ever will
Every year another brat,
another mouth to fill.
Same old story, what’s the use of tears?
What’s the use of praying if
there’s nobody who hears?

Turning, turning,
turning, turning, turning
Through the years.
Turning, turning, turning
through the years
Minutes into hours and the
hours into years.
Nothing changes, nothing ever can
Round and round the roundabout
and back where you began!
Round and round and back where you began!