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Group 1

Lay down your sword and shield

Lay your weapons down,

Lay down your guns

By the riverside


Group 2

Ain't gonna study war

Ain't gonna study war

Lay down your guns

By the riverside


Group 3

Ain't gonna study war

Ain't gonna study war

Lay down your guns

Lay down your guns

By the riverside



Singers - Forest School Campfire

Audio - Virtual Campfire Website

 

Are you one of the singers from Forest School Campfire? It sounds like a fun outdoor event recorded with roving microphone!

 

The arrangement may be from a score by Roxanne Smith, popular with protest singers that include Street Choirs Festival, Aberystwyth; Protest in Harmony, Edinburgh; Raised Voices, London.


‘Ain’t Gonna Study War’ refrain is a reference to a quotation found in the book of Isaiah "nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." It dates back to before the American Civil War and is also known as ‘Down by the Riverside’.


AIN’T GONNA STUDY WAR