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Thread #22681   Message #248484
Posted By: GUEST,Richie
28-Jun-00 - 10:14 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Parody of Willie McBride
Subject: Lyr Add: NO MAN'S LAND (Eric Bogle)
NO MAN'S LAND
Words and music by Eric Bogle
As recorded by Eric Bogle on "Scraps of Paper" (1983)

Well, how d'you do, Private Willie McBride?
D'you mind if I sit here down by your graveside?
And I'll rest for a while in the warm summer sun.
I've been walkin' all day, Lord, and I'm nearly done.
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?

CHORUS: 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 Floo'ers o' the Forest?

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?
In some faithful heart is your mem'ry 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? CHORUS

Well, the sun's shining now on these green fields of France.
The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long under the plough,
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 indiff'rence to his fellow man,
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned. CHORUS

And I can't help but wonder now, Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they did died?
Did you really believe them when they told you the cause?
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
The suff'ring, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing, the dying—it was all done in vain,
For, Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again. CHORUS

Did the bugles sing The Last Post in chorus?
Did the pipes play The Floo'ers o' the Forest?

HTML line breaks added, and title corrected. --JoeClone, 17-Sep-02.