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No Man's Land (Green Fields of France)

This song is by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew and appears on the album Behind The Lines (2008).

This song is a cover of "No Mans Land" by Eric Bogle.
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No Man's Land (Green Fields of France)
Well, how'd you do, Private William McBride?
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside?
I'll rest here awhile in the warm summer sun
I've been walking all day, Lord, and I'm nearly done
And I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the glorious fallen in Nineteen Sixteen
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 you as they lowered you down?
Did the band play '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 Nineteen Sixteen
To that loyal heart are you always nineteen?
And I can't help but wonder, now Willie 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?

Did they beat the drum slowly?
Did they sound the fife lowly?
Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down?
Did the band play 'The Last Post' and chorus?
Did the pipes play 'The Flowers of the Forest'?

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

Written by:

Eric Bogle