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Billy, don't be a hero "is a song written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.

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General[Edit]Edit

It is an anti-war song that appeared on singles in 1974. Because of that time it was thought at first that it was a protest song against the war in Viet Nam but later showed off record sleeve and video clip that it went to the American civil war, more than a century earlier.

The song is about a young lady who sees her husband walk from their village with a regiment to withdraw to end up the war. She complains:

"Billy, don't be a hero! Don't be a fool with your life!
"Billy, don't be a hero! Come back and make me your wife!
"And as Billy started to go, she said, ' Keep your pretty head low! '
"Billy, don't be a hero! Come back to me! "

Later in the song describes that Billy still life as he as a courier while searching for strengthening is shot. The lock is formed by the woman, who sent her the letter from the Ministry of War in connection with the heroic end of his life.

Paper Lace[Edit]Edit

Billy, don't be a hero
Single from:

Paper Lace

From the album:

Paper lace

(Cover on en.wikipedia.org)
B-side (s) Celia
Released 1974
Recording 1974
Genre protest song
Tag Philips Records
Paper Lace
1974

Billy, don't be a hero

1974

The night Chicago died

Order on Paper lace
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A1

Billy, don't be a hero

A2

Hitchin' a ride ' 74

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The British Paper Lace brought it out as their debut singlein 1974, after they were "discovered" by the writing duo Murray and Callander. The song reached the first place in England.

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

In Netherlands, the song does not meet; hardly in Belgium.

Belgian BRT Top 30[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: 11-5-1974 to 17-5-1974
Week: 1
Position: 25 from

UK Singles Chart[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: 23-2-1974-31-5-1974
Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Position: 38 15 8 1 1 1 2 2 10 15 31 40 48 49 from

Bo Donaldson[Edit]Edit

Billy, don't be a hero
Single from:

Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods

From the album:

Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods

(Cover on en.wikipedia.org)
B-side (s) Celia
Released 1974
Genre protest song
Tag ABC Records
Producer (s) Steve Barri
Order by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
A6

Goodnigth and goodmorning

B1

Billy, don't be a hero

B2

Goodye Holly, goodbye

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In the United States it was released by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. This version was two weeks number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100, but in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were left lying.

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

Belgian BRT Top 30[Edit]Edit

In Belgium, the song regularly, just like the version of Paper Lace.

Chart positions: 15-6-1974-21-6-1974
Week: 1
Position: 24 from

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