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  •  Liam Clancy's video is about the (10+ / 0-)

    saddest piece I have ever heard.  It ranks right up there with the saddest and most powerful anti-war film I have ever seen - Oh, What a Lovely War.  It is the British version of Waltzing Matilda.

    My husband will be giving a speech at an Armistice Day Ceremony on Friday and he has already gathered inspiration from the diary and the videos and comments.

    •  Thank him for me. (6+ / 0-)

      "Nonviolent in the face of police brutality." Scott Olsen's email signature

      by BOHICA on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 05:58:00 AM PST

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    •  The British version of "And the Band Played Waltzi (1+ / 0-)
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      Waltzing Matilda", you mean. "Waltzing Matilda" is a different song entirely, obviously alluded to in the song.

      It's my understanding that Eric Bogle, the songwriter of both, took great issue with the Furey Brothers redoing some of the words of No Man's Land (which they recorded as "The Green Fields of France", aka "Willie McBride").

      Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

      by Robobagpiper on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 07:41:03 AM PST

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      •  Same exact themes in song and movie (0+ / 0-)

        Actually, no I am referring to the song in the video. Oh What a Lovely War is a musical that jumps from troops in Flanders and the military and common folks at home in England.  The juxtaposition between the two venues is as heartbreaking as what the Australian soldier experienced and the folks at home singing Waltzing Matilda. In the movie, no dead or wounded are ever shown, just field after field of poppies representing the dead.  

        •  I know you're referring to the song in the video (2+ / 0-)
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          (hello, Celtic musician here, I know my Eric Bogle songs!). Just pointing out that "Waltzing Matilda" is a much older song, to which "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" obviously alludes; and that citing the latter with the title of the former could create confusion.

          Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

          by Robobagpiper on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 11:26:25 AM PST

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