Lay Down Your Arms

The Chordettes

About Lay Down Your Arms

"Lay Down Your Arms" is a 1956 popular music song with music by Åke Gerhard and Leon Landgren and lyrics by Gerhard (original "Anne-Caroline" Swedish) and Paddy Roberts (English). In the United States, the biggest hit version was recorded by The Chordettes, reaching No. 16 on the Billboard chart. In the United Kingdom, Forces sweetheart Anne Shelton had the major hit, reaching No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and stayed in the Top Twenty for 14 weeks. Initially the BBC took a dim view of the song as it might have encouraged British troops to 'lay down their guns', at a difficult time of the post-Suez crisis and the conflict in Cyprus with EOKA. The ban was soon lifted when many requested it on "Two-Way Family Favourites", a popular Sunday lunchtime radio show. Another UK version was recorded by Billie Anthony. The song was also used in a British television play written by Dennis Potter called Lay Down Your Arms, which was screened on 23 May 1970. The play is set during the Suez crisis of 1956. 


Year:
1985
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My sweetheart is a soldier
As handsome as can be
But suddenly they sent him 
away across the sea 

So patiently I waited
until his leave was due
Then wrote and said "My darling,
I'll tell you what to do"

Come to the station
Jump  from the train
March at the double
down lover's lane
Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
Lay down your arms  (Lay down your arms)
Lay down your arms and surrender to mine

A soldier is a soldier
And when he's on parade
An order is an order
And has to be obeyed

You've got to do your duty
wherever you may be
And now you're under orders
To hurry home to me

Come to the station
Jump  from the train
March at the double
down lover's lane
Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
Lay down your arms  (Lay down your arms)
Lay down your arms and surrender to mine

The girl who loves a soldier
Is either sad or gray
'Cause  first of all he's with her
And then he's far away
But soldiers have their duty
To answer to the call
And that is why I'm calling
The loudest of them all

Come to the station
Jump  from the train
March at the double
down lover's lane
Then in the glen where the roses en-twine
Lay down your arms  (Lay down your arms)
Lay down your arms and surrender to mine

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The Chordettes

The Chordettes were a female popular singing quartet, usually singing a cappella, and specializing in traditional popular music. more »

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Written by: AKE GERHARD, LEON LAND, PADDY ROBERTS

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