Its melody, its refrain "did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly"and elements of its subject matter a young man cut down in his prime are similar to those of "Streets of Laredo"a Green Fields Of France - Various - Line - Der Sampler 1 American cowboy ballad whose origins can be traced back to an 18th-century English ballad called " The Unfortunate Rake " and the Irish Ballad "Lock Hospital".
In Eric told an audience in Weymouth that he'd read about a girl who had been presented with a copy of the song by then prime minister Tony Blairwho called it "his favourite anti-war poem". According to Eric, the framed copy of the poem credited him, but stated that he had been killed in World War I. It's a song that was written about the military cemeteries in Flanders and Northern France.
Inmy wife and I went to three or four of these military cemeteries and saw all the young soldiers buried there. According to the song, the gravestone of the soldier, Willie McBride, says he was 19 years old when he died in Two "William McBrides" and one "W. McBride" died in but one is commemorated in the Thiepval Memorial and has no gravestone.
The other two are buried in the Authuille Military Cemetery but one was aged 21 and the age of the other is unknown. All three were from Irish regiments. Piet Chielens, coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgiumand organizer of yearly peace concerts in Flanders, once checked all 1, names that are registered with the Commonwealth War Commission.
He found no fewer than ten Privates William McBride. One was 21, the other 19 years old. This was based on the gravestone at Authuile Military Cemetery. The name might Well March Again - The French Semester - Good Friends Only I Could See also been inspired by the naval pseudonym of Godfrey Herbertthe What Are They Running - Various - The Collectors Edition Volume 6 of the Royal Navy, also nicknamed 'Baralong Herbert' due to infamous Baralong incidents.
Bogle himself has stated that he had no particular soldier in mind in choosing the name "Willie McBride"; "McBride" was simply a convenient rhyme for "grave side", and he also wanted to give the soldier an Irish name as a counter to the anti-Irish sentiment prevalent in Britain at the time. The melody and words vary somewhat from the Eric Bogle original with some of the Scots phrases replaced e.
Did the rifle fire o'er ye? It was also recorded by Dropkick Murphyswho changed the lyrics only slightly. Eric Bogle has repeatedly stated that his own favourite recording of the song is by John McDermott. They chose No Man's Land. The end result was two recordings and a video set against the backdrop of the Tower of London focusing on the Poppies in the Moat installation.
A writer named Stephen L. The end result was two recordings one being a Radio editand a video set against the backdrop of the Tower of London focusing on the Poppies in the Moat installation.
The cover differed greatly from the original, mainly in that it contained only the lyrics from the first two and a half verses and so omitted the material that contained the anti-war sentiment underlying the song.
There were several objections to this version of the song from individuals and organizations on such grounds as:. He concluded that neither he nor his publisher would be taking legal action against those involved with the cover, and that "I would have wished for a version of my Should Have Been You - Michael Cooper - Just What I Like that could have been truer to my original intentions in writing it: illustrating the utter waste of war while paying tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those brave young men Green Fields Of France - Various - Line - Der Sampler 1 fought.
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