“Peace on Earth” was All It Said

One Tin Soldier (1969)

“One Tin Soldier” tells the story of two neighboring tribes, the warlike Valley People and the peaceful Mountain Kingdom which possesses a great treasure buried under a stone. The Valley People demand the treasure. The Mountain People respond that they will share it with “their brothers”, but the Valley People invade and slaughter the Mountain People. On overturning the stone, they find nothing except the words “Peace On Earth” inscribed beneath it.


As a fable, this story works on so many levels that ultimately we forget that its original purpose was to be a 1960s counterculture anti-war song. But it is so much more than that.

Canadians have a collective guilt (some of which they share with their American neighbours): they obtained the land by stealth, and sometimes violence. The First Nations were here first.

And then there’s the ever-present use of war to conquer one’s ‘enemies’. But what does the conqueror ever really achieve? Resentment, racial injustice, violence and suppression…

The video of the song is done in a cartoon-ish fashion, but there’s nothing funny about it.

I wonder who the ‘One Tin Soldier’ is?

The irony of the buried treasure: “Peace on Earth” was all it said…

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to cdsmiller17@gmail.com. (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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1 Response to “Peace on Earth” was All It Said

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    The “One Tin Soldier” question was meant to be rhetorical: we all are that soldier…


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