The Green Fields Of France

Album: The Warrior's Code (2005)
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  • oh how do you do, young willy mcbride
    do you mind if i sit here down by your graveside
    and rest for a while in the warm summer sun
    i've been walking all day, and i'm nearly done
    and i see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
    when you joined the great fallen in 1916
    well i hope you died quick
    and i hope you died clean
    oh willy mcbride, was it slow and obscene

    did they beat the drums slowly
    did they play the fife lowly
    did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
    did the band play the last post and chorus
    did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

    and did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
    in some loyal heart is your memory enshrined
    and though you died back in 1916
    to that loyal heart you're forever nineteen
    or are you a stranger without even a name
    forever enshrined behind some old glass pane
    in an old photograph torn, tattered, and stained
    and faded to yellow in a brown leather frame

    did they beat the drums slowly
    did they play the fife lowly
    did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
    did the band play the last post and chorus
    did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

    the sun 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, no barbed wire, no guns firing now
    but here in this graveyard that's still no man's land
    the countless white crosses in mute witness stand
    till man's blind indifference to his fellow man
    and a whole generation were butchered and damned

    did they beat the drums slowly
    did they play the fife lowly
    did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
    did the band play the last post and chorus
    did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

    and i can't help but wonder oh willy mcbride
    do all those who lie here know why they died
    did you really believe them 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 and dying it was all done in vain
    oh willy mcbride it all happened again
    and again, and again, and again, and again

    did they beat the drums slowly
    did they play the fife lowly
    did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
    did the band play the last post and chorus
    did the pipes play the flowers of the forest
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Comments: 4

  • Dee from Northfield, IlThis is a great song. It's better to be a ballad than punk style, because if it was the latter, it just wouldn't fit. Besides, it's written slowly to mourn the dead of World War I. It also goes over the irnoy of how it was called "The War To End All Wars" when millions of people have died from war ever since. Just so damn beautiful. The song, that is.
  • Joe from Chicago, Arthis song was also covered by another celtic (sortof punkish) band "the men they couldn't hang"..... either way great song i think that dropkick murphys do it the best.
  • Chris from Gillingham, EnglandEric Bogle is a Scots-born Australian, not Irish.
  • Patrick Irvin from Lansdale, PaThis song is about a man traveling along in france, and comes to what was " no mans land" which is now large WWI grave.the person in the song finds the grave of 19 year old "Willie McBride" and starts to think about how this young mans life was during that time.
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