The sun's shining down on these green fields of France; The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance. The trenches have vanished long under the plow; No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now. But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land The countless white crosses in mute witness stand To man's blind indifference to his fellow man. And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.
Did they beat the drum slowly, Did they sound the pipes lowly, Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down? Did the bugles sing "The Last Post" in chorus? Did the pipes play "The Flo'oers o' the Forest?"
The entire album consists of songs about World War One. Its' based on the poetry of Robert W Service, a war correspondent and ambulance driver during "The War to End All Wars". Very moving stuff indeed.
Marvin Gaye- What's Happening Brother (my favorite!) Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh Iggy Pop & the Stooges - Search and Destroy Bo Donaldson- Billy, Don't Be a Hero Eric Burdon & The Animals- Sky Pilot Al Stewart - Rumours Of War Al Stewart - On The Border Al Stewart - Old Admirals Woody_Guthrie- Jarama Valley Glen Campbell - Galveston Blue Oyster Cult- Me-262
The Dickies (California punk band from the 80's) do a cover of Eve of Destruction at about 4 times the tempo and 10 times the volume of Barry McGuire. It *cooks*. When they sing about destruction, they sound like they mean it.
Also: Talking Heads: Life During Wartime The Clash: Spanish Bombs The Pogues: Waltzing Matilda (yeah, it's a cover, but Shane just brings so much to the song) Circle Jerks: Coup d'Etat OMD: Enola Gay Kate Bush: Army Dreamers
'The night they drove old dixie down'. Amazingly authentic voice considering we are talking about a Robbie Robertson, a Canadian rockstar writing in the sixties. According to one source he used to wargame (miniatures) with Martin Scorsese, so two reasons to admire the guy.
I can never hear the song without singing along and thnking l'm 'back in the winter of '65'. Great stuff.
My hands are small, I know, but they're not yours, they are my own
Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
Country Joe McDonald's "Feel like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" is a great one.
Aftermath of War: "Wooden Ships" by Jefferson Airplane or CSN
Galvaston by Glen Campbell EDIT: xmfcnrx already list Galvaston
And like I mentioned in the other thread: Another songwriter who is very good at capturing war and historical themes in his songs is James Keelaghan, including Japanese-American internment during WWII, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the Dunkirk sea-retreat, Tecumseh's resistance (told from Rebecca's POV), etc.