We Didn't Know

We didn’t know at all, we didn’t see a thing

You can’t hold us to blame, what could we do?

It was a terrible shame, but we can’t bear the blame

Oh no, not us, we didn’t know

 

We didn’t know said the burgermeister about those camps at the edge of town

It was Hitler and his crew that tore the German nation down

We saw the cattle cars, it’s true, and maybe they carried a Jew or two

They woke us up as they rattled through, but what did you expect me to do?

 

We didn’t know at all, we didn’t see a thing

You can’t hold us to blame, what could we do?

It was a terrible shame, but we can’t bear the blame

Oh no, not us, we didn’t know

 

We didn’t know said the congregation singing a hymn in a church of white

The press was full of lies about us, preacher told us we were right

The outside agitators came, they burned some churches and they put the blame

On decent Southern peoples names, to set our colored folks aflame

And maybe some of our boys got hot, and a couple of niggers and reds got shot

They should’ve stayed where they belong, the preacher would’ve told us if we’d done wrong

 

We didn’t know at all, we didn’t see a thing

You can’t hold us to blame, what could we do?

It was a terrible shame, but we can’t bear the blame

Oh no, not us, we didn’t know

 

We didn’t know said the puzzled voter watching the President on TV

I guess we gotta drop those bombs, if we’re gonna keep South Asia free

The President’s such a peaceful man, I guess he’s got some kind of plan

They say we’re torturing prisoners of war, but I don’t believe that stuff no more

Torturing prisoners is a Communist game, and you can bet they’re doing the same

I wish this war was over and through, but what do you expect me to do?

 

We didn’t know at all, we didn’t see a thing

You can’t hold us to blame, what could we do?

It was a terrible shame, but we can’t bear the blame

Oh no, not us, we didn’t know

 

We didn’t know at all, we didn’t see a thing

You can’t hold us to blame, what could we do?

It was a terrible shame, but we can’t bear the blame

Oh no, not us, we didn’t know

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