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Old 16-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #34
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Well how do you do Private William McBride
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside,
I'll rest for a while in the warm summer sun
I've been walking all day, Lord and I'm nearly done
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the great fallen of 1916

I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
Or young Willie McBride was it slow and obscene

Did they beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,
did they sound the death march as they lowered you down ?

and did the band play the last post and chorus ?
And did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory 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
Enshrined there forever behind a glass pane
In an old photograph torn and tattered and
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame

The sun's shining now on the green Fields of France
The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance
The trenches have vanished long under the plough
There's no gas, no barbed wire, there's no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it's still no man's land
And the countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned

And I can't help but wonder young Willie McBride
Do all who lie here with you know why they died
Did you really believe it when they told you the cause
Did you honestly think that one war would end wars
Well your suffering, your sorrow, your glory, your shame
Your killing, your dying, it was all done in vain..........

'Cos young Willie McBride it all happened again, and again, and again, and again and again...

“Do you know we are being led to Slaughters by placid admirals & that fat slow generals are getting Obscene on young blood,Do you know we are ruled by T.V.”
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