Mudcat Café message #3434091 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148012   Message #3434091
Posted By: GUEST,Blandiver
10-Nov-12 - 07:48 AM
Thread Name: No Man's Land/willie McBride-rap version?
Subject: RE: No Man's Land/willie McBride-rap version?
I'm not hostile; not yet do I bite. It is not me screaming BALDERDASH in upper case, nor dismissing one of the most vibrant manifestations of Popular Traditional Music as 'crap'; neither do I threaten violence to those of a different opinion. All I'm doing is expressing an alternative view born of certain experience of having lost friends / family in various wars down the years.

When I was fifteen I knew a chap who'd lost both legs at Dunkirk when he was only fifteen himself, having lied about his age to join up. That was in 1976 - he would have been 51 when I knew him - same age I am now. We used to sit in the graveyard smoking together, looking out over the gravestones, across the pitheaps, pitheads and rolling farmland - the contented old soldier and the idealistic young hippy with his dulcimer. But I knew that I owed my every freedom to heroes like him whose bravery I still cannot conceive of and will be eternally grateful for.