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Micca 11 Nov 02 - 08:47 AM
katlaughing 11 Nov 02 - 09:51 AM
GUEST,Keith A o Hertford 12 Nov 02 - 03:41 AM
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Áine 12 Nov 02 - 01:40 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THIEPVAL
From: Micca
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 08:47 AM

Bugger, after I had posted to a thread I realised that I should have put this up as an add as well. and just done a link from the thread, Bugger!! There is a tune written by Linda Kelly

THIEPVAL*
By Micca, May 2002

Its Halloween** midnight in the low lands of Flanders
A cold pale fog on the land it is spread
And out of the mist, come a marching and singing
Long gaunt files of men near a hundred years dead

They stand, parade order, by the building at Thiepval
And at the command, each steps up and stands tall
And receives in his turn from the ghost Colour Sergeant
His name rank and number removed from the wall

Their spectral Officer call the dismissal
And grey NCOs give each man his paybook
They salute and depart from the grim fields of Flanders
Without a glance sideways or a backward look

They march away and their singing is fading
But long before dawn their home places they've found
And finally back, after nearly a century
Each man with relief can sink into home ground

And all over Blighty*** their names are erasing
From column, memorial and empty tomb
The lost and the missing that have no known resting place
Returning to lie in their dark native womb

And now here at Thiepval there stands a cold monument
Blank and unmarked made of pale Portland stone
Because all the men it was made to memorial
Have all returned home, to sleep still with their own

"There's a long, long trail a winding into the land of my dreams
Where nightingales are singing and a pale moon gleams"



* Thiepval: a monument to WW1 dead in Flanders on which the names, ranks and numbers of 75,026 men are inscribed who have no known resting place
**Halloween: It is believed in some cultures that at Halloween, when the veil between the dead and the living worlds are thin, every 100 years those that met with sudden or violent death are allowed back to correct a wrong or right an injustice.
***Blighty: WW1 slang for Britain (or home) to "cop a Blighty ", was to get wounded badly enough to be invalided home

Copyright M.A. Patterson, May 2002


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thiepval
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 09:51 AM

Micca, I am really glad that you've put this up. I consider it one of your very best. It sends chills up my spine to hear you do it and also to read it. Well done darlin',

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thiepval
From: GUEST,Keith A o Hertford
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 03:41 AM

A most moving and evocative piece.
A very original idea eloquently explored.
Fine work Micha. I wish I had the tune.
Keith.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thiepval
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 12:54 PM

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thiepval
From: Áine
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 01:40 PM

Excellent song, dear Micca. I received your email, and I've traced this thread, so I now have no excuse for forgetting to put your song in the Songbook . . . which I will do, probably tomorrow.

Thanks so much for giving me the 'headsup' on this, darlin'! ;-)

All the best, Áine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thiepval
From: Lanfranc
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 05:30 PM

I, too, would like the tune. Hope to see Linda at the Brixton Bert Benefit (and you, too, Micca?)

Great stuff, but I told you that the first time you sang it to me!

Alan


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