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Thread #80804   Message #3567831
Posted By: GUEST,sciencegeek
17-Oct-13 - 02:02 PM
Thread Name: Songs about the Great War (WWI)
Subject: Lyr Add: FAREWELL TO ANZAC (C. Fox Smith)
next April is the 99th anniversary of ANZAC DAY - when the Australian and New Zealand forces attacked Gallipoli. The staunchly patriotic C. Fox Smith wrote a poem Farewell to ANZAC that has been put to music by a number of singers, the hubby among them.


Oh, hump your swag and leave, lads, the ships are in the bay —
We've got our marching orders now, it's time to come away —
And a long good-bye to Anzac Beach — where blood has flowed in vain
For we're leaving it, leaving it, game to fight again!

But some there are will never quit this bleak and bloody shore —
And some that marched and fought with us will fight and march no more;
Their blood has bought till Judgment Day the slopes they stormed so well,
And we're leaving them, leaving them, sleeping where they fell.

(Leaving them, leaving them — the bravest and the best —
leaving them, leaving them, and maybe glad to rest!
We've done our best with yesterday, to-morrow's still our own —
But we're leaving them, leaving them, sleeping all alone!)

Ay, they are gone beyond it all, the praising and the blame,
And many a man may win renown, but none more fair a fame;
They showed the world Australia's lads knew well the way to die;
And we're leaving them, leaving them, quiet where they lie.

(Leaving them, leaving them, sleeping where they died;
Leaving them, leaving them, in their glory and their pride —
Round them sea and barren land, over them the sky,
Oh, We're leaving them, leaving them, quiet where they lie!)


I'm surprised that Dancing at Whitsun hasn't been mentioned. Very powerful song.