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Thread #82078   Message #2803199
Posted By: GUEST
04-Jan-10 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: John Condon - about WWI soldier
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Condon - about WWI soldier
Mary Dillon sang the original demo - stunning of course - and here it is....http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=377192


- Niamh Parsons was the first to record it and I think Flossie learnt it from the writers themselves also.

Unfortunately Sam Sterrett died two years ago.

Just a day, another day beneath the Belgian sun
past grave on grey, row upon row
until I see the name John Condon..........
carved in stone with harp and crown, little crosses in the ground
and standing there, my silent prayer is for a boy who died a soldier

wee lad who'll not grow old
heroes that don't come home
here they lie in Belgian fields
and Picardie

Just a recruit, in soldiers boots, from Ireland's shores to here
this living hell, this Poelkappele, where young men fell...
Like you, John Condon............
and all around, the harp and crown, the crosses in the ground
stand up in proof, the bitter truth, the waste of youth! ...that lies forgotten

wee lad who'll not grow old
heroes that don't come home
here they lie in Belgian fields
and Picardie

Now tell me John, before I go on, what did you come here for
with Ireland's bold, your life untold! 14 years old
to die a soldier?
and all around, the harp and crown, the crosses in the ground
what cause was served....................?
so undeserved.....................!

(heroes that dont come home)
sing out for all their souls
here they lie in Belgian fields
and Picardie

He really was only 13 when he joined, and 14 when he died.