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  •  In commemoration of the waste of that war (5+ / 0-)

    Here are two iconic songs by Eric Bogle, the Scottish folk singer who now lives in Australia.  He wrote The Band Played Waltzing Matilda after watching an ANZAC Day parade for the first time in 1971.  It is about a young Australian who was sent off to war, and ended up at the horror of Gallipoli, Turkey.

    He also wrote The Green Fields of France, which is about a visitor to one of the WW-I cemeteries sitting down by the gravestone of "Private Willie McBride," who died at the age on 19.

    They never learn.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 08:00:41 PM PDT

    •  Bogle is briliant (4+ / 0-)

      I've had the chance to see him perform these in person in a pretty intimate venue.  And for another take in song by the equally wonderful John McCutcheon:

      "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

      by Chico David RN on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 08:08:08 PM PDT

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