A sad tale of a young child who ask the great spirit to guide him on his lifepath away from harming another soul.
In the first verse he is two years old and makes the request "I hope I never have to kill a man."
In the 2nd verse he is 17 and feels the euphoria of life, discovers poetry, love and song; in this verse he is "sure he’ll never have to kill a man."
3rd verse sees political climate change. He is 20 and trains as a Partisan. Still he "hopes he’ll never have to kill a man."
Final verse he comes to a clearing in a wood, sees a young enemy soldier resting 'neath a tree, they have a stand-off and in the moment the enemy soldier is shot, the young man runs to his brother in war and comforts him. On his brother's dying breath he whispers "Im glad I never had to kill a man."
So this song could be a curse, a dream, a fear.