Militia Guard

Songfacts®:

  • In his memoir Never Surrender..., Saxon frontman Biff Byford explained the somewhat unusual genesis of this song: "I thought the word 'militia' was a fantastic word and wanted to write a song around it."

    It was he said, "conceptually, a little based on the French Revolution or the Russian Revolution" - not much of a difference really. For a song that is really about the French Revolution, check out "Palace Of Versailles" by Al Stewart. Having said that, "Militia Guard" is not a bad effort, it certainly has a military feel to it.
  • A group composition, "Militia Guard" was released on the Carrere label on November 2, 1979 as the B-side of "Backs To The Wall." It was engineered and produced by John Verity. Running to 4 minutes 50 seconds, it was also the eighth and final track on the band's eponymous debut album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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