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Thread #154369   Message #3621390
Posted By: maeve
22-Apr-14 - 09:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Anzac Day? / We Would Remember Them
Subject: ADD: We Would Remember Them (Smyth)
I conducted a google search using
"Anzac "blithely and so willingly, to give their lives for you and me"
The third result of three links to a thesis at MONASH UNIVERSITY "CLASSROOM MUSIC IN VICTORIAN STATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS 1934 TO 1981: CURRICULUM SUPPORT" by ALISON JILL FERRIS

Click on that link and download the thesis to see both music and lyrics.
Words and notation found in Appendex O, on page 295 of the thesis (but within the PDF form will be found on page 303).


Bene Gibson Smyth's 'We Would Remember Them' (also called 'Anzac Day') captures the innocence of the Australian boys who signed up for the Great War, with no idea of the horrors they would have to face:


WE WOULD REMEMBER THEM
(Bene Gibson Smyth)

We would remember them today
Who from their homeland sailed away
So blithely and so willingly
To give their lives for you and me.
Father guard their sleeping.

We would remember, too, the brave
Who of their dearest treasure gave
Their solace in the years to be
Pride in a lonely memory
Hear their quiet weeping

Then there are those who live apart
The maimed, the blind, the sad at heart/
Raise for them in their time of need
Friends who are friends in very deed
Have them in Thy keeping.

[From Special Day Songs. Words and Music by BENE GIBSON SMYTH. Published by Allan Co. Pty. Ltd.]