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  1. websaway United Kingdom

    websaway Well-Known Member

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    Well, how do you do, young Willie McBride?
    Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside?
    And rest for a while 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, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly?
    Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
    Did the band play The Last Post in chorus?
    And 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 19?
    Or are you a stranger without even a name,
    Enclosed in forever behind the glass frame,
    In an old photograph, torn, battered and stained,
    And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame?

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly?
    Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
    Did the band play The Last Post in chorus?
    And did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

    The sun now it shines on the green fields of France;
    There's a warm summer breeze that 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 guns 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 damned.

    Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly?
    Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
    Did the band play The Last Post in chorus?
    And did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

    Ah young Willie McBride, I can't help wonder why,
    Do those that lie here know why did they die?
    And did they believe when they answered the cause,
    Did they really believe that this war would end wars?
    Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain,
    The killing and dying, were all done in vain.
    For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
    And again, and again, and again, and again.
     
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    accelerator Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting. Thought provoking stuff.
     
  4. The Ferryman United Kingdom

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    I always feel sorry for the people who had to die so they could wait for the soundbite eleventh hour of the eleventh day, etc.
    Such a waste.....
     
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