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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2007, 12:16:09 pm »

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Hell, yes.

Black Sabbath, live Paris 1970
War Pigs

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

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Edited:  I didn't read far enough when I posted this link that had already been posted.  A thousand pardons dear TCF'ers.

FM, its not a repeat.  What Alien had posted was a link to a modern video using clips from wars up to and including Iraq, and effectively  damning all war pigs - Nazis, Communits (Stalin and Mao), Neocons, Jihadists, etc.  No one is spared.  It is a great video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ILYBazKBc

You posted an early vintage live concert video, which is also way cool:

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

The two go great together.

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Am I the only one who starts singing this kind of thing when under the influence?
I have -got- to get to a meetup when I get back to the States! I'll bring my Bodhran and whistle and over-loud singing voice.

Heck no!  I don't play any instruments, but I know many of the Irish songs of rebellion by heart, and am also inclined to belt one out after I've a few under the belt (I don't know if it's because drinking and songs of rebellion just go together, or because I'm part Irish).

One of my favorites is "The Men of the West."  This is a song about a battle the Irish actually won (though they eventually lost the campaign), and is thus a rare happy song of rebellion celebrating a victory in addition to being the typical song of continued defiance, even after the eventual loss.  I'll hunt up a link to the audio, but here are the lyrics.  - Stewart

THE MEN OF THE WEST

(William Rooney)

When you honor in song and in story
The names of the patriot men,
Whose valor has covered with glory
Full many a mountain and glen,
Forget not the boys of the heather
Who rallied their bravest and best
When Ireland was broken in Wexford
And looked for revenge to the West.

cho: I give you the gallant old West, boys,
Where rallied our bravest and best
When Ireland lay broken and bleeding;
Hurrah for the men of the West!

The hilltops with glory were glowing
'Twas the eve of a bright harvest day,
When the ship we'd been wearily waiting [French allies]
Sailed into Killala's broad bay.
And over the hills went the slogan
To awaken in every breast
The fire that has never been quenched, boys,
Among the true hearts of the West.

cho: I give you the gallant old West, boys,
Where rallied our bravest and best
When Ireland lay broken and bleeding;
Hurrah for the men of the West!

Killala was ours ere the midnight,
And high over Ballina town
Our banners in triumph were waving
Before the next sun had gone down.
We gathered to speed the good work, boys
The true men from near and afar;
And history can tell how we routed
The redcoats through old Castlebar.

cho: I give you the gallant old West, boys,
Where rallied our bravest and best
When Ireland lay broken and bleeding;
Hurrah for the men of the West!

And pledge me the stout sons of France, boys,
Bold Humbert and all his brave men,
Whose tramp, like the trumpet of battle,
Brought hope to the drooping again.
Since Ireland has caught to her bosom
On many a mountain and hill
The gallants who fell, so they're here, boys,
To cheer us to victory still.

cho: I give you the gallant old West, boys,
Where rallied our bravest and best
When Ireland lay broken and bleeding;
Hurrah for the men of the West!

Though all the bright dreamings we cherished
Went down in disaster and woe,
The spirit of old is still with us
That never would bend to the foe.
And Connaught is ready whenever
The loud rolling tuck of the drum
Rings out to awaken the echoes
And tell us the morning has come.

cho: I give you the gallant old West, boys,
Where rallied our bravest and best
When Ireland lay broken and bleeding;
Hurrah for the men of the West!

Recorded by Clancys, Patrick Galvin
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2007, 12:19:47 pm »

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Formed up and fitted out, we stood ranked in the square.
Our regiment's colors in the still, dusty air.
Young Danny and Thomas, even lame Matthew Ray --
Ev'ry man who's a man joined us there.

With a biscuit, a musket, a boy with a drum
We'll meet the king's army, and we'll overcome.
Pipe up the hymns of our fathers, our line,
Freedom's our birthright, and thine.

I kissed my dear Sarah before we marched out.
Wee Aaron couldn't know what it was all about,
But sweet Anne to my coat clung unreasoning griev'd.
There there, I did tell her, no fear now, no doubt.

[refrain]

Steady one more moment, till they're too far to see,
And I groaned and I wept, and fell on hand and knee,
For the thought of my brood was like hot stinging knives,
At table, at worship, at hearth without me.

[refrain]

At Breed's Hill, At Brooklyn, always outclassed,
Our biscuits, our powder, right down to our last,
No glory was found in burnt and bloody death,
Just crude, hasty graves we'd march solemnly past.

[refrain]

We were farmers and blacksmiths and tailors -- not they.
Trembling we aim'd as they fired away.
Wither'd our ranks by cannon and shot,
Surpris'd ev'ry dawn just to live one more day.

[refrain]

But at Saratoga, we met them man for man,
In scorching heat withstood them, and it was they who ran!
To one of them I shouted, Don't come twixt me and my home!
My home!  And my son!  And my wife!  And my Anne!

[refrain]

Many years hence now and many years gone,
You've sold what we bled for, killed sov'reign for pawn.
Tell that to young Danny, last seen bayonet fix'd,
Who wouldn't be cowed, nor be tread upon.

I'd love to hear this put to music.

Amen.  What is that from?  A very cool song.  We need more songs from the American Revolution. Got any more?

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2007, 12:23:40 pm »

Well, it won't be a song until someone other than me composes music to go with it.  I don't have any more -- I just wrote it this morning after I saw this thread.

[edit]  Actually, I've got a tune that fits it, just a simple verse, but I'm not sure if I came up with it or subconsciously borrowed it.  [/edit]
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2007, 01:29:45 pm »

penguinsscareme:

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I just wrote it this morning after I saw this thread.

VERY cool!  Good job - had me fooled.  I thought it was an original traditional folk song I had not run across before. 

As for music to go with it, one solution is to pick a traditional Irish piece that you think goes well to it.  Since they are hundreds of years old, there is no copyright concern.  Just plug in your lyrics and go.  As much of the early American music has Irish and Scottish roots anyway, it is a good match.

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2007, 02:51:45 pm »

Not neccessarily rebellion, resistance or anit-war bents, but....


Rush - Tom Sawyer

A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day's events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior
Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day


Rush - Free Will

There are those who think that life is nothing left to chance
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.

A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive.
"The stars aren't aligned
Or the gods are malign"
Blame is better to give than receive.

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose free will.

There are those who think that they were dealt a losing hand,
The cards were stacked against them
They weren't born in lotus land.

All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate.

Kicked in the face,
You can pray for a place
In heaven's unearthly estate.

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose free will.

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete.
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet.

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose free will.


Ok.. maybe this one is touch rebellious...

Rush - Red Barchetta

My uncle has a country place
That no one knows about
He says it used to be a farm
Before the Motor Law
And on Sundays I elude the eyes
And hop the Turbine Freight
To far outside the Wire
Where my white-haired uncle waits

Jump to the ground
As the Turbo slows to cross the borderline
Run like the wind
As excitement shivers up and down my spine
Down in his barn
My uncle preserved for me an old machine
For fifty odd years
To keep it as new has been his dearest dream

I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car
A brilliant red Barchetta
From a better vanished time
I fire up the willing engine
Responding with a roar
Tires spitting gravel
I commit my weekly crime

Wind
In my hair
Shifting and drifting
Mechanical music
Adrenaline surge...

Well-weathered leather
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware

Suddenly ahead of me
Across the mountainside
A gleaming alloy air car
Shoots towards me, two lanes wide
I spin around with shrieking tires
To run the deadly race
Go screaming through the valley
As another joins the chase

Drive like the wind
Straining the limits of machine and man
Laughing out loud with fear and hope
I've got a desperate plan
At the one-lane bridge
I leave the giants stranded at the riverside
Race back to the farm
To dream with my uncle at the fireside




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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2007, 07:32:15 pm »

Here's a song, "Yell Fire," that is currently getting airplay.  It has a reggae sound to it, and is a catchy tune.  I don't agree with everything it says, but I like most of it, and especially the first few lines. 

You can hear it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhVulmpkw4E

YELL FIRE

by Michael Franti

A revolution never come with a warning
A revolution never sends you an omen
A revolution just arrived like the morning
Ring the alarm we come to wake up the snoring

They tellin' you to worry about the future
They tellin' you to never worry about the torture
They tellin' you that you'll never see the horror
Spend it all today and we will bill you tomorrow
Three piece suits and bank accounts in Bahamas
Wall street crime will never send you to the slammer
Tell all the children in the arms of their mummas
The F-15 is a homocide bomber

TV commercials for a popping pill culture
Drug companies circling like a vulture
An Iraqi babies with a G.I. Joe father
Ten years from now is anybody gonna bother?

Yell Fire, yo, yo, yo
Here we come here we come
Fire, yo, yo , yo, yo
Revolution a comin'
Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo
Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo

Everyone addicted to the same nicotine
Everyone addicted to the same gasoline
Everyone addicted to a technicolour screen
Everybody tryin' to get their hands on the same green

From the banks of the river to the banks of the greedy
All the riches taken back by needy
We come from the country and we come from the city
You play us on the record, you can play us on the CD
All the shit you've given us is fertilizer
The seeds that we planted you can never brutalize them
Tell the corporation they can never globalize it
Like Peter Tosh said Legalize it

Girls and boys hear the bass and treble
Rumble in the speakers and it make you wanna rebel
Throw your hands up, take it to another level
And you can never, ever, ever make a deal with the devil

Yell Fire, yo, yo, yo
Here we come here we come
Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo
Revolution a comin'
Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo
Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2007, 07:36:12 pm »



Hmm how about

Smashing Pumpkins bullet with butterfly wings?


"Bullet With Butterfly Wings"

The world is a vampire, sent to drain
Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames
And what do I get, for my pain?
Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game

Even though I know - I suppose I'll show
All my cool and cold - like old job

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Now I'm naked, nothing but an animal
But can you fake it, for just one more show?
And what do you want?
I want to change
And what have you got, when you feel the same?

Even though I know - I suppose I'll show
All my cool and cold - like old job

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Tell me I'm the only one
Tell me there's no other one
Jesus was the only son, yeah.
Tell me I'm the chosen one
Jesus was the only son for you

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
And someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Despite all my rage am I still just a rat in a-
Despite all my rage am I still just a rat in a-
Despite all my rage am I still just a rat in a cage

Tell me I'm the only one
Tell me there's no other one
Jesus was the only son for you
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« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2007, 07:42:15 pm »



I always liked this one:

Temple of the Dog "Hunger strike"

I don't mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can't feed on the powerless
When my cup's already overfilled
But it's on the table
The fire is cooking
And they're farming babies
While the slaves are working
The blood is on the table
And their mouths are choking
But I'm growing hungry

Or

"Dissident"

Pearl Jam


"Dissident"

she nursed him there, over a night
i wasn't so sure she wanted him to stay
what to say...what to say
but soon she was down, soon he was low
at a quarter past...a holy no...
she had to turn around
when she couldn't hold, oh...she folded...
a dissident is here
escape is never, the safest path
a dissident, a dissident is here
and to this day, she's glided on
always home but so far away
like a word misplaced
nothing said, what a waste
when she had contact...with the conflict...
there was meaning, but she sold him to the state
she had to turn around
when she couldn't hold...she folded...
a dissident is here
escape is never, the safest path
a dissident, a dissident is here
she gave him away when she couldn't hold...no...she folded...
a dissident is here
escape is never, the safest path
a dissident, a dissident is here
couldn't hold on...she couldn't hold...no...she folded...
a dissident is here
escape is never the safest place
a dissident is here
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2007, 07:53:00 pm »

How about this one from just after the Civil War:

I'm A Good Old Rebel

Oh, I'm a good old Rebel
Now that's just what I am
For this fair land of freedom
I do not care a damn.
I'm glad I fit against it
I only wish we'd won.
And I don't want no pardon
For anything I've done.
I hates the Constitution
This great Republic too
I hates the Freedmen's Buro
In uniforms of blue.
I hates the nasty eagle
With all his brag and fuss
But the lyin', thievin' Yankees
I hates' em wuss and wuss.

Three hundred thousand Yankees
Lies still in Southern dust
We got three hundred thousand
Before they conquered us
They died of Southern fever
And Southern steel and shot
I wish they was three million
Instead of what we got.

I can't take up my musket
And fight' em now no mo'
But I ain't a-goin'to love' em
Now that is sartin sho'
And I don't want no pardon
For what I was and am
And I won't be reconstructed
And I do not give a damn.
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2007, 07:58:20 pm »



How about:

Steve Earle's


   
   
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Well my name’s john lee pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw grandaddy down here
He only came to town about twice a year
He’d buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine
Now the revenue man wanted grandaddy bad
He headed up the holler with everything he had
It’s before my time but I’ve been told
He never came back from copperhead road

Now daddy ran the whiskey in a big block dodge
Bought it at an auction at the mason’s lodge
Johnson county sheriff painted on the side
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside
Well him and my uncle tore that engine down
I still remember that rumblin’ sound
Well the sheriff came around in the middle of the night
Heard mama cryin’, knew something wasn’t right
He was headed down to knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin’ down copperhead road

I volunteered for the army on my birthday
They draft the white trash first,’round here anyway
I done two tours of duty in vietnam
And I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from colombia and mexico
I plant it up the holler down copperhead road
Well the d.e.a.’s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I’m back over there
I learned a thing or two from ol’ charlie don’t you know
You better stay away from copperhead road

Copperhead road
Copperhead road
Copperhead road
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2007, 10:05:45 pm »

Anti War Song?

Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie


He’s 5 foot 2 and he’s 6 feet 4
He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of 31 and he’s only 17.
He’s been a soldier for a thousand years

He’s a catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jane
A Bhuddist, and a Baptist and Jew.
And he knows he shouldn’t kill
And he knows he always will kill
You’ll for me my friend and me for you

And He’s fighting for Canada.
He’s fighting for France.
He’s fighting for the USA.
And he’s fighting for the Russians.
And he’s fighting for Japan
And he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way.

And He’s fighting for democracy,
He’s fighting for the reds
He says it’s for the peace of all.
He’s the one, who must decide,
who’s to live and who’s to die.
And he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him,
how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He’s the one who gives his body
as a weapon of the war.
And without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier
And he really is the blame
His orders comes from
far away no more.

They come from him.
And you and me.
And brothers can’t you see.
This is not the way we put an end to war
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2007, 09:47:11 am »

Mike and the Mechanics:  Silent Running

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Dont believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, Im with the high command

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Theres a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to god
The father and the spirit
Will guide you and protect from up here

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Can you hear me running (can you hear me calling you? )
(can you hear me) hear me calling you?
(can you hear me running) hear me running babe?
(can you hear me running) hear me running?
Calling you, calling you

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #42 on: February 25, 2007, 09:49:21 am »

Judas Priest:  The Sentinel

Along deserted avenues
Steam begins to rise
The figures primed and ready
Prepared for quick surprise
Hes watchin for a sign
His life is on the line
Dogs whine in the alleys
Smoke is on the wind
From deep inside its empty shell
A cathedral bell begins to toll
A storm begins to grow

Amidst the upturned burned-out cars
The challengers await
And in their fists clutch iron bars
With which to seal his fate
Across his chest is scabbards rest
The rows of throwing knives
Whose razor points in challenged tests
Have finished many lives

Now facing one another
The stand-off eats at time
Then all at once a silence falls
As the bell ceases its chime
Upon this sign the challengers
With shrieks and cries rush forth
The knives fly out like bullets
Upon their deadly course
Screams of pain and agony
Rent the silent air
Amidst the dying bodies
Blood runs everywhere
The figure stands expressionless
Impassive and alone
Unmoved by this victory
And the seeds of death hes sown

Sworn to avenge
Condemn to hell
Tempt not the blade
All fear the sentinel
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“As sure as I know anything, I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe in this very ground swept clean, a year from now, ten, they will swing back to the belief that they can make people better, and I do not hold to that. So no more running, I aim to misbehave.” - Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity, 2005

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2007, 10:05:55 am »

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Hell, yes.

Black Sabbath, live Paris 1970
War Pigs

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

-FM

Edited:  I didn't read far enough when I posted this link that had already been posted.  A thousand pardons dear TCF'ers.

FM, its not a repeat.  What Alien had posted was a link to a modern video using clips from wars up to and including Iraq, and effectively  damning all war pigs - Nazis, Communits (Stalin and Mao), Neocons, Jihadists, etc.  No one is spared.  It is a great video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ILYBazKBc

You posted an early vintage live concert video, which is also way cool:

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

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Stewart, thanks for the clarification.

Here's some others:

"Joe Hill" - The IWW Little Red Songbook had some good songs, but most of them are too 'Red' for my taste.

Steve Earle - Rich Man's War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4bCVoMCeYY

Steve Earle - F the CC  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Af5SahC1DE

-FM

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2007, 02:34:21 pm »

Mike and the Mechanics:  Silent Running

Thanks, I've been trying to remember the name of that song for months.

"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" by Eric Bogle

When I was a young man I carried my pack
And I lived the free life of a rover
From the murrays green basin to the dusty outback
I waltzed my matilda all over
Then in nineteen fifteen my country said son
Its time to stop rambling cause theres work to be
Done
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war
And the band played waltzing matilda
As we sailed away from the quay
And amidst all the tears and the shouts and the
Cheers
We sailed off to gallipoli

How well I remember that terrible day
<when> the blood stained the sand and the water
And how in that hell that they called suvla bay
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter
Johnny turk he was ready, he primed himself well
He <showered> us with bullets, he rained us with
Shells
And in five minutes flat hed blown us all to hell
Nearly blew us right back to australia
But the band played waltzing matilda
As we stopped to bury our slain
And we buried ours and the turks buried theirs
Then <it> started all over again

Now those <who were living did their best to survive>
In <that> mad world of blood, death and fire
And for <seven long> weeks I kept myself alive
<while the corpses around me piled higher>
Then a big turkish shell knocked me arse over tit
And when I woke up in my hospital bed
And saw what it had done, <christ> I wished I was
Dead
Never knew there were worse things than dying
<and> no more Ill go waltzing matilda
<to> the green <bushes so> far and near
For to hump tent and pegs, a man needs two legs
No more waltzing matilda for me

So they collected the cripples, the wounded <and>
Maimed
And they shipped us back home to australia
<the legless, the armless>, the blind <and> insane
Those proud wounded heroes of suvla
And as our ship pulled into circular quay
I looked at the place where <me> legs used to be
And thank christ there was nobody waiting for me
To grieve and to mourn and to pity
And the band played waltzing matilda
As they carried us down the gangway
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared
<and they> turned all their faces away

And now every april I sit on my porch
And I watch the parade pass before me
<i see> my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reliving <the or their> dreams of past glory
<i see the old men, all twisted and torn>
The forgotten heroes <of> a forgotten war
And the young people ask <me>, what are they
Marching for?
And I ask myself the same question
And the band plays waltzing matilda
And the old men <still> answer to the call
But year after year their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
Wholl <go> a-waltzing matilda with me?

http://malcolm.screensound.gov.au/olcmedia/audio/00009089.mp3
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