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11/11/18 The end of the War to end all wars? 
11th-Nov-2010 09:48 am
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A slightly different approach to Remembrance Day from the usual WWI War Poetry and one that is closer to my reaction at finding the memorial to my Great Uncle at Poziers.

Green Fields of France - WW1 Memorial - The Fureys

Well, how do you do, young Willie McBride,
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside?
And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,
I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done.
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the great fallen in 1916,
I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
Or young Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?


Chorus

Did they beat the drums slowly
Did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
And did  the band play the last post and chorus
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
Although you died back in 1916
In that faithful heart are you forever nineteen?
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed forever behind a glass frame?
In an old photograph torn, battered, and stained
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame.


CHORUS
 
 The sun now shines on the green fields of France
There's a warm summer breeze makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There's no gas, no barbed wire, there's no gun firing now.
But here in this graveyard it's still no man's land

The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand.

To man's blind indifference to his fellow man

To a whole generation that were butchered and dammed.

CHORUS

Ah young Willie Mc Bride I cant help wonder why

Do those that lie here know why did they die?
And did they believe when they answered the call
Did they really believe that this war would end war?

Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain,

The killing, and dying was all done in vain

For young Willie Mc Bride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.
CHORUS x2


Comments 
11th-Nov-2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Did they really believe that this war would end war?
Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain,
The killing, and dying was all done in vain
For young Willie Mc Bride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.


So sadly true.
11th-Nov-2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Those last lines really resonate with me. I sat beside so many graves (some of the fallen were 19, most weren't) last summer before I found my Great Uncle's memorial.
11th-Nov-2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
I always find that song moving. Thanks for sharing it. Now the survivors are all gone, it is even more important never to forget.
11th-Nov-2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've always felt that something like this has more impact with 'the man on the Clapham omnibus' than WWI Poetry.

11th-Nov-2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard this song before, thank you so much for sharing it.
11th-Nov-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
11th-Nov-2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
So very true.
12th-Nov-2010 11:56 am (UTC)
Sadly so. Man's inhumanity to man is nothing new.
11th-Nov-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of these lyrics before. That was lovely, thank you for posting it.
12th-Nov-2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it.
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