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Thread #4849   Message #1076663
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
20-Dec-03 - 12:30 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Across the Hills of Home (Eric Bogle)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Across the Hills of Home (Eric Bogle)
No Man's Land is the title that Eric Bogle gave his own song, though it has often been called Willie McBride (and other things) by people who thought they knew better than the man who wrote it.

That isn't relevant to your question, though. Neither is Bogles's song Across the Hills of Home, which is a poem written by one James MacArthur, which Bogle set to music, and which has nothing to do with the Great War.

The song you are looking for, judging by the lines you quote, isn't one of Eric's at all, but is Cormac McConnell's Christmas 1914; one of a great many songs written relatively recently about that event. There is some doubt about the title, it seems, and it has been posted here two or three times; once as Christmas 1915. When so many songs are written on the same subject, I suppose that confusion is bound to arise. So far as I know, he himself called it Christmas in the Trenches, but several other people have written songs by that title too, of course.

There are quite a lot of songs posted round here, and you can find most of them by typing a phrase into the search engine that you'll find on the main Forum page. I found McConnell's, for instance, by searching for on bags of sand, but several other approaches would have given the same result.