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Radio 56, side A, track 2: “Toy Soldiers” by Martika, #15 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Martika - Toy SoldiersOh, Martika, you go, girl!!!  #15 on the Top 90 of the ’80s?!?!  That’s so great!  It’s been over a year since this song showed up on the track list, and I couldn’t be happier not only to get to hear it again, but to hear it as part of a countdown of the best songs of the ’80s.  I don’t know what it is, Martika, but I’m so proud of you.  You are up against some crazy good competition, some real pop superstars, and here you are almost cracking the top ten!  Not that that should be any surprise.  This song still holds up as well as it did the very first time I heard it and fell in love with it.  Your voice is so beautiful, the lyrics are so heartbreaking, and any time you’ve got a choir of kids singing, especially when they’re singing about drug addiction, well, fuggedaboutit, Martika.  That’s got smash hit all over the place.  The only negative thing about this particular track is that this is the last Martika song I recorded off the radio.  Now THAT is a tragedy.  I love you, Martika, and congrats on being so amazing.

“Toy Soldiers”

Step by step
Heart ta heart
Left, right, left
We aaall faaall doooown
Like toy soldieeeeers

It wasn’t my intention to mislead you
It never should have beeeeen thiiiis waaaay

What can I say

It’s true
I did extend the invitation

I never knew how looong yooou’d staaaay

Wheeen yooou heeeear temptaaaation caaaall

It’s your heeeeart that taaaakes
Taaakes theee faaall
(Woncha come out and play with me)

Step by step
Heart to heart (heart ta heeart)
Left, right, left
We aaall faaaall dooown (all fall doooown)
Like toy soldieeers

Bit by bit (bit by bit)
Torn apart (torn apart)
Never win
The baaaattlllle wages ooon
For toy soldieeeeers

It’s getting hard to wake up in the mornin’ mornin’
My head is spinning cooonstaaaantlyyyyy

How can it be

How could I be so blind to this addiction
If I don’t stop
The next one’s gonna be meeeeee

Ooonlyyyy eeeeeemptineeeeess remaaaaains

It replaaaaaces aaaall
Aaaall theeee paaaaain
(Woncha come out and play with me)

Step by step
Heart to heart (heart ta heeart)
Left, right, left
We aaall faaaall dooown (all fall doooown)
Like toy soldieeers

Bit by bit (bit by bit)
Torn apart (torn apart)
Never win, but the baaaattlllle wages ooon
For toy soldieeeeers

<awesome Martika jam>

We never wiiiin

Oooooooooooooo

Only eeeeemptineeeeess remaaaaains (ooooo)

It replaaaaaces aaaall
Aaaall theeee paaaaain
(Woncha come out and play with me)

Step by step
Heart to heart (heart to heeart)
Left, right, left
We aaall faaaall dooown (all fall doooown)
Like toy soldieeers

Bit by bit (bit by bit)
Torn apart (torn apart)
Never win, but the baaaattlllle wages ooon (wages on)
For toy soldieeeeers
Oh ah ah, oh ah ah, oh ah ah, oh ah ah

Step by step
Heart to heart (heart to heeart)
Left, right, left
We aaall faaaall dooown (all fall doooown)
Like toy soldieeers

Bit by bit
Torn apart (torn apart)
Never win, but the baaaattlllle wages ooon
For toy soldieeeeers

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