Les Morts Dansant

Album: Vintage Magnum (1984)
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  • Cannons roared, in the valley they thundered
    While the guns lit up the night
    Then it rained and both sides wondered
    Who is wrong and who is right?

    On the wire like a ragged old scarecrow
    Bloody hands and broken back
    When they fire, see him pirouette solo
    Jump in time to the rat-a-tat

    What a night though it's one of seven
    What a night for the dancing dead
    What a night to be called to heaven
    What a picture to fill your head
    To fill your head

    By the wall in silhouette standing
    Through a flash of sudden light
    Cigarette from his mouth just hanging
    Paper square to his heart pinned tight

    Gather 'round, reluctant marksmen
    One of them to take his life
    With a smile he gives them pardon
    Leaves the dark and takes the light

    What a night though it's one of seven
    What a night for the dancing dead
    What a night to be called to heaven
    What a picture to fill your head
    To fill your head

    They dispatch their precious cargo
    And knock him back right off his feet
    And they pray may no one follow
    Better still to face the beast

    When the field has become a garden
    And the wall has stood the test
    Children play and the dogs run barking
    Who would think or who would guess?

    What a night though it's one of seven
    Le mort dansant
    What a night for the dancing dead
    What a night to be called to heaven
    What a picture to fill your head
    To fill your head

    What a night though it's one of seven
    Le mort dansant
    What a night for the dancing dead
    What a night to be called to heaven
    What a picture to fill your head
    What a night

    What a night though it's one of seven
    Le mort dansant
    What a night for the dancing dead
    What a night to be called to heaven, heaven
    What a picture to fill your head Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Crüe from Chelmsford, United KingdomOne of the only rock bands to perform songs based on World War One. Perhaps one of the only rock bands to have been around then!
    Seriously, I love this song. Very moving!
  • Laurent from Manama, Bahrain"Les Morts Dansant" is IMHO Magnum's greatest song ever. It is an epic, moving and magnficent song. There are several live versions of this song that are all superb. Tony Clarkin is a genius songwriter and probably the most underrated English guitar player. Amazing band and one of my top 5 songs of all time.
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