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This song's message is that human greed and violence is futile. A "Tin Soldier" is a miniature toy soldier. (thanks, Ken - Ottawa, FL)
The songwriting team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter wrote this. They wrote songs for Dusty Springfield, The Four Tops and Glen Campbell.
In 1969, this was a #34 US hit for a short-lived Canadian band called Original Caste as simply "One Tin Soldier." Original Caste's version reached US #34 and went to #1 in Canada.
Coven's version was used as the theme from the 1971 independent film Billy Jack.
In 1973, Coven released a re-recorded version of the song which reached US #79. In 1974, their version from 1971 was reissued, reaching US #73. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 4)
Chris Squire of Yes
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
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