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Thread #7511   Message #2953445
Posted By: oggie
27-Jul-10 - 05:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Battle of the Somme
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Battle of the Somme
Both Battle of the Somme and Bloody Fields of Flanders are retreat marches (ie quick marches for clearing the square after parade) not slow marches.

Bloody Fields of Flanders is a variant of Busk, Busk Bonny Lassie and dates to WWI although the credited comper is PM Maclennan although as the tune dates back to Ypres Salient in 1917 he may well be the "arranger" (ie he did the grace notes).

Neither tune originally had words but this is nothing new, many of Robert Burn's songs were set to traditional tunes and I have heard Gaelic words to "The Dark Island" (which was written as a theme tune for a BBC radio drama series in the 1960's)