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PostSubject: War Songs ...   Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:01 am


Father Alex Reid gives the last rites to a dying British soldier. Belfast, 1988 Canon T90, 500mm,
Fujichrome Sensia 200


Everyone must know at least one good war song or soldier song - we all know Amhrán na bhFiann off by heart of course but there must be lots more.

Here's an easy one to start with, not having too much graphic detail - the last thoughts and feelings of a soldier dying in a ditch - take it away David ...
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(pardon the lack of a video but this one had good sound - someone really needs to do a decent video edit for this - bombs exploding, limbs disintegrating, planes terrorising, tracer bullets lighting up the night skym death, death, death)
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:10 am

The auld song will do.
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:03 pm

Barry McGuire: The Eve of Destruction. Look it up on Youtube. A great anti-war song . Another great anthem of peace is "Show them to Me" Rodney Carrington.
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:14 pm

here's one
Eric Bogle- And the Band PLayed Waltzing Matilda

A song made famous by the Pogues, written by Eric Bogle. Eric Bogle also wrote the Green Fields of France "No Mans Land".

And just because you don't often get a chance to mention Siegfried Sassoon and Shane McGowan in the same breath very often here's a war poem...

Suicide in the Trenches
I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
In winter trenches, cowed and glum
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

S.S.
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:00 pm

May I enquire as to the relevance of the Fr. Alex Reid pic?
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:08 pm

coc wrote:
May I enquire as to the relevance of the Fr. Alex Reid pic?

I wanted an image suitable for the song so I think in google images I entered "soldier dying in ditch" and that was the first one.

There are different ones there now though


G.I. and dying Iraqi girl


Free Democracy Blogspot


Dr. Martin Luther King / Militarism

And a song : Pipes of Peace
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:09 pm

The song is the most offensive link there.

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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:14 pm

studiorat wrote:
The song is the most offensive link there.

na-na-19

Good song - reminded me of this Jona Lewie song. Does anyone know it before they click the link if they click the link.
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:21 pm

Was that embarrassing enough for you ?
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:10 am

Green fields of France
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN-NIHbfJ1k&feature=related
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:28 am

And I can't help but wonder, no Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?



metallica - One
Landmine has taken my sight
Taken my speech
Taken my hearing
Taken my arms
Taken my legs
Taken my soul
Left me with life in hell
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:51 am

Classic Metal:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbxfe7DMxVo

Classic Punk-Pop:


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

Classic Makem & Clancy Bros:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laE0Q5po5tc
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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:31 am

I have a first cousin called Arthur McBride
He and I we went strolling down by the seaside
A-seeking good fortune and what might betide
Twas just as the day was dawning

And after resting we both took a tramp
We met Sergeant Harper and Corporal Cramp
Besides the wee drummer who beat up for camp
With his Row-de-dow-dow in the morning.

He said, my fine fellows if you will enlist
A guinea a head I will get in your fist
Besides a crown piece to kick up the dust
And drink the King's health in the morning

For a soldier he has a very fine life
And is always is blessed with a charming young wife
He pays all his debts without sorrow or strife
And always lives happy and charming

Ah now my bold Sergeant we are not for sale
We'll not take your money, your bribe won't avail
We're not tired of our country, we won't set for sail
Although your offer is charming

For if we were such fools for to take the advance
It's right bloody slender would be our poor chance
For the King would not scruple but send us to France
Where we would be shot without warning

Ah now my young fellows if I hear but one word
I instantly now will launch out my sword
And into your bodies as strength will afford
So now my gay devils take warning

But Arthur and I we took the odds,
We gave them no chance to launch out their swords
Our whacking shillelaghs came over their heads
And paid them right smart in the morning

As for the wee drummer we rifled his pouch
and made a football of his row-de-dow-dow
and into the ocean to rock and to roll
and bade him a tedious returning

And as for the young rapier that hung by his side
We flung it as far as we could in the tide
"To the devil lie with you" says Arthur McBride
To temper your steel in the morning.

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PostSubject: Re: War Songs ...   Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:27 pm



Good God Y'all.
Absolutely Nothin'!
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