SONGS ABOUT WAR......

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  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff*

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    I used to read a lot when I worked nights....Monitoring mechanical equipment, calling service workers out on emergencies----the job position was described as a Stationary Engineer. One of the books I read was titled 'Johnny, we hardly knew Ye'. It was a story about John F. Kennedy and if you like to read that type of book, I would recommend it highly. You recall the story that I wrote about Glenn Sherwood and I meeting JFK and his friend 'Larry' in the waning days of the 50's----on the ferry boat across Naragannest Bay in Rhode Island? It is posted in my story section...... I had no idea until I pulled this up on Google about the songs....Thought sharing those songs during these times of war may be fitting.... one so very mournful while the other is stirring and promising.. Chief


    This is the original Irish lament from which "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" was taken. It shows a much more stark and realistic view of the consequences of such a war.

    While goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo
    While goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo
    While goin' the road to sweet Athy
    A stick in me hand and a drop in me eye
    A doleful damsel I heard cry,
    Johnny I hardly knew ye.

    With your drums and guns and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo
    With your drums and guns and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo
    With your drums and guns and drums and guns
    The enemy nearly slew ye
    Oh my darling dear, Ye look so queer
    Johnny I hardly knew ye.

    Where are your eyes that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
    Where are your eyes that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
    Where are your eyes that were so mild
    When my heart you so beguiled
    Why did ye run from me and the child
    Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

    Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo, hurroo
    Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo, hurroo
    Where are your legs that used to run
    When you went for to carry a gun
    Indeed your dancing days are done
    Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

    I'm happy for to see ye home, hurroo, hurroo
    I'm happy for to see ye home, hurroo, hurroo
    I'm happy for to see ye home
    All from the island of Sulloon
    So low in flesh, so high in bone
    Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

    Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo
    Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo
    Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg
    Ye're an armless, boneless, chickenless egg
    Ye'll have to put with a bowl out to beg
    Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

    They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo, hurroo
    They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo, hurroo
    They're rolling out the guns again
    But they never will take our sons again
    No they never will take our sons again
    Johnny I'm swearing to ye.

    When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah!
    We'll give him a hearty welcome then, Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The men will cheer, the boys will shout
    The ladies they will all turn out
    And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

    The old Church bell will peal with joy, Hurrah! Hurrah!
    To welcome home out darling boy, Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The village lads and lassies gay
    With roses they will strew the way
    And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

    Get ready for the jubilee, Hurrah! Hurrah!
    We'll give the heroes three times three, Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The laurel wreath is ready now
    To place upon his loyal brownd we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.
  2. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Opens one's eyes real well, Chief.

    Good post.
  3. Most interesting, Chief.
  4. JD

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    Never knew that before, intersting.

    JD

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