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In Honor of Remembrance Day UK & Veteran’s Day US

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Another one for Song Lyric Sunday, as I see it is a memorial day for the fallen in the UK.  After listening to Soul Cages, I was reminded of another Sting tune that speaks to the memorial.  Update:  embarrassed to say I didn’t realize it was Veteran’s Day in the US!  It’s for Our Veterans as well.  Peace!

This song is by Sting and appears on the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985) and on the live album Bring on the Night (1986).

Young men, soldiers, 1914
Marching through countries they’d never seen
Virgins with rifles, a game of charades
All for a children’s crusadePawns in the game are not victims of chance
Strewn on the fields of Belgium and France
Poppies for young men, death’s bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed

The children of England would never be slaves
They’re trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation

Corpulent generals safe behind lines
History’s lessons drowned in red wine
Poppies for young men, death’s bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a children’s crusade

The children of England would never be slaves
They’re trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation

Midnight in Soho, 1984
Fixing in doorways, opium slaves
Poppies for young men, such bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a children’s crusade

 

Song Lyric Sunday — soul

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