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Train for Auschwitz

G I see a long train comin' C D Across the Polish plains. C D The passengers it carries C D7 Ain't comin' back again.

This train is bound for Auschwitz,
Like many another one.
The passengers condemned to die,
But no crime have they done.

They are jammed into the boxcars
So tight against the wall,
And in those cars the dead men stand -
There is no room to fall.

Now the reason they are dying,
I will explain to you.
Adolf Hitler has decided
To exterminate the Jew.

He ships them off to Auschwitz.
The train unloads them there.
And standing by the railroad track
They take their last breath of fresh air.

The S.S. troopers herd them
Right down a well-worn path.
Into a hall where they are told
They are to take a bath.

When they're undressed they're led inside
A giant shower room.
The door is sealed behind them,
And it also seals their doom.

Into the room there drops a bomb
Of Nazi poison gas,
And not one soul is left alive
When fifteen minutes pass.

Now the men who did these awful crimes,
They wish they'd murdered more.
The only thing they're sorry for
Is that they lost the war.

And hundreds of these murderers
Still walk the earth today,
Just hoping for a chance to kill
The ones that got away.

(Words and music by Tom Paxton, 1961)

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