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Thread #18542 Message #236854
Posted By: radriano
01-Jun-00 - 11:03 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Will Ye Go tae Flanders?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Will ye go tae Flanders?'
As far as I know, Will Ye Go to Flanders is an anti-recruitment song. I first heard it on the album Broken hearted I'll wander by Dolores Keane and John Faulkner. Here's what their liner notes say. John Faulkner says he learned the song from Ewan MacColl, who sang two verses of it on an old record. John wrote two additional verses to it. According the Peter Hall in Aberdeen, the original stanzas date back to the 1st Duke of Marlborough's campaign in Flanders in 1706.