The ?? are ?? ?? hear so much news ?? follow ?? the freeways ?? used It's all quiet on the western front The murdering missiles they want to fly While thousands of people are ready to die It's ever so lonely to live the lie And it's all quiet on the western front I guess I'll join the National Liberation Front The boys on the bases They flay at the ball The stock market crashes The stock market falls And the high school principal is led to the wall And it's all quiet on the western front The civilized nations abide by the code They learn from the victors to do what they're told Even Israel's marching down Germany's road And it's all quiet on the western front I think I'll join the National Liberation Front The war babies try to crawl back to the womb Assassins and astronauts race to the moon And Eisenhower lies like a saint in his tomb And it's all quiet on the western front I sit on my back porch I sing on my song I wait for the earthquake to come with the dawn If there was a God wouldn't take him so long And it's all quiet on the western front I guess I'll join the American Liberation Front
Bill Curtis supplied the lyrics and says: "In an interview with Phil in July 1969 Phil mentions a new song that he wrote called ``All Quiet On The Western Front''. He sang it at a rally following his performance at Carneige Hall that year. He mentions one line from the song "I think I'll join the National Liberation Front". The song appears to have not been released nor does it appear in Broadside. Perhaps it was never sung again."
Update: Bill said that he exchanged e-mail with a person who said that he saw Phil Ochs sing this song at a demonstration in Central Park. He also said that the record company would not allow Phil to record the song because they objected to a line in the song which Phil refused to take out.
Apparently, a recording of this was unearthed recently (though I've never heard it) since several people sent me the lyrics at about the same time. In addition to Bill, I got contributions from Rob Geller and Karl Pascal (who supplied the first two verses, though, as you can see, he couldn't quite make out the first one).Last modified 24 Aug 02 by trent