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Thread #58054   Message #916577
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
23-Mar-03 - 02:30 PM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Danny Deever (Kipling/Bellamy)
Subject: RE: Meanings, Kipling army song
I take it that "Files" means just that, the soldiers in ranks muttering to each other, one saying one thing and another responding. The kind of thing that drives drill sergeants mad.

Hanging a comrade is a bit different from a public hanging of a stranger - and in any case public executions had been abolished in England a generation or more before Kipling wrote Danny Deever/