For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle

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    For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle

    For Memorial Day ... This song by Eric Bogle always

    brings tears to my eyes.  Read the lyrics as you listen,

    and maybe it'll bring a tear to your eye, too ... 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzmU6guHv_A


         

    Well, how do you do, Private Willie McBride

    Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside?

    And I'll rest for awhile in the warm summer sun

    Been walking all day long, and I'm nearly done

         

    And I see by your gravestone you were only 19

    When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916

    Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean

    Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

         

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the fife lowly?

    Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?

    Did the bugles sing The Last Post in chorus?

    Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

         

    And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?

    In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined?

    And, though you died back in 1916,

    To that loyal heart are you forever 19?

         

    Or are you a stranger without even a name?

    Forever enshrined behind some glass pane

    In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained

    And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame

         

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the fife lowly?

    Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?

    Did the bugles sing The Last Post in chorus?

    Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

         

    Well the sun's shining now on these green fields of France

    The warm wind blows gently, the red poppies dance

    The trenches have vanished long under the plow

    No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now

         

    But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land

    The countless white crosses in mute witness stand

    To man's blind indifference to his fellow man

    And a whole generation who were butchered and damned

         

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the fife lowly?

    Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?

    Did the bugles sing The Last Post in chorus?

    Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

         

    And I can't help but wonder, Willie McBride

    Do all those who lie here know why they died?

    Did you really believe them when they told you 'The Cause?'

    Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

         

    Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

    The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain

    For Willie McBride, it's all happened again

    And again, and again, and again, and again

         

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the fife lowly?

    Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?

    Did the bugles sing The Last Post in chorus?

    Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

     
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    Re: For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle

    "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - The Pogues

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZqN1glz4JY
     
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    Re: For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle

    Man, if this was facebook - I would have been clicking "Like" on every post here.

    Have a great Memorial Day and let's not forget who we honor on this day.
     
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    Re: For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle

    In Response to Re: For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle:
    [QUOTE]"The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - The Pogues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZqN1glz4JY
    Posted by devildavid[/QUOTE]


    awesome tune and version
     
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    Re: For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle

    In Response to Re: For Memorial Day... No Man's Land, by Eric Bogle:
    [QUOTE]Man, if this was facebook - I would have been clicking "Like" on every post here. Have a great Memorial Day and let's not forget who we honor on this day.
    Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]

    Agree.   So nice.   Thank you.  

     
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