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Thread #80804 Message #1480282
Posted By: RobbieWilson
07-May-05 - 07:59 PM
Thread Name: Songs about the Great War (WWI)
Subject: RE: Songs about the Great War
With regard to the Song No Man's Land I think it is important to remember that Eric Bogle wrote this as a result of the effect that visiting War Cemeteries had on him in terms of the number of graves and the fact that so many of them were so young. I have heard him more than once explain the title of the song in these terms. These were only boys who never got to be men. So while he may have used one name he saw that day the song is about thousands of men, not one.
Another much lighter but very good song in its own way is Ralph McTell's Maginot Waltz.