How Many More Willie McBrides?

Liza Mulholland
Language: English

From/da Songs For Change

"Liza Mulholland is based in Inverness. Her song was inspired by the scale of killing in Iraq which made her think about Eric Bogle's anti-war anthem, Green Fields of France/No Man's Land, and 'how, ninety years on from the First World War, we have the same old utter horror and futility of war, with its terrible loss of young life on both sides, supported by the same old lies and platitudes from right-wing politicians.'"

La canzone è ispirata direttamente a The Green Fields Of France (No Man's Land) di Eric Bogle, una delle più famose canzoni contro la guerra di tutti i tempi, e una delle nostre "canzoni fondamentali". Bogle, come l'autrice di questa canzone, è scozzese di nascita (seppure emigrato in Australia da moltissimi anni).
Fathers, fathers, call back your sons
Stay in the field 'til the day's work is done
Shoulder to shoulder under the sun
Your child was not born to carry a gun

Loyalty, duty, call what you will
His master's voice we answer it still
Wearing uniform, doing drill,
But there ain't no pride or joy in a kill

How many more Willie McBrides
Must line up on each side
Before we....turn the tide?
How many more Willie McBrides
A thin red line, so very wide
Before we....turn the tide?

Religion, country, king or creed
'Neath them all there's power n' greed
But those who wage wars will always need
Others to do the dirty deed

Cut down like a young green tree
A mother's grief will endless be
Did he die defending democracy?
'Our thoughts are with his family'


Those with nothing answer the call
Hands in the air, backs to the wall
The war to end wars didn't end it at all
Still no great mischief if they fall


Repeat Chorus

Instrumental verse of Eric Bogle's Green Fields of France

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi - 2007/3/12 - 00:13

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