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From mishaslair and morgan_dhu: If you see this, post the lyrics to an anti-war song in your LJ.

No Man's Land

By Eric Bogle

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 mate, and I'm nearly done.

And I see by your gravestone, you were only nineteen
When you joined the fallen in 1916.
Well, I hope you died quick, and I hope you died clean.
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

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 and chorus?
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 always nineteen?

Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Forever enshrined behind some glass pane
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained
Fading to yellow in a bound leather frame?

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 Flowers Of The Forest?

And the sun's shining down on these green fields of France.
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished, long under the plow.
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 indifference to his fellow man.
And a whole generation who butchered and damned.

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 and chorus?
Did the pipes play The Flowers Of The Forest?

Well, I can't help but wonder now, Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe when they told you the cause?
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

Well, the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing, the dying, was all done in vain,
For, William McBride, it's all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.

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 and chorus?
Did the pipes play The Flowers Of The Forest?

Did the bugles sing The Last Post and chorus?
Did the pipes play The Flowers Of The Forest?

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