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jacqui.c 22 Feb 10 - 02:00 PM
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Subject: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:00 PM

I'm trying to find out something about this song - not to be confused with the song The ROSE of No Man' Land which was by Jack Caddigan and James Alexander Brennan.

I've googled without success and, while I know I have a couple of versions at home I can't get at them for the next few days and want to info NOW! I've got the tune running through my head and really want to learn the words and to know who wrote such a wonderful song.


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: skarpi
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:07 PM

well if you find it , let me know I would like to hear it
all the best Skarpi ...


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:08 PM

Jacqui - the song is by Les Sullivan, whose website is here . It's on his first CD, Echoes of Mingulay. After he wrote the song he discovered that his grandfather had served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in WW1. Derek and I also recorded it on our "Sound of Singing" CD.

I'll PM you the words.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: skarpi
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:09 PM

The Rose of No Man's Land

I've seen some beautiful flowers
Grow in my garden fair,
I've spent some wonderful hours
Lost in their fragrance rare.
But I have found another
Wondrous beyond compare.

There's a rose that grows on no-man's land
And it's wonderful to see;
Though its place is there it will live for me
In my garden of memories.

It's the one red rose the soldier knows
It's the work of the Master's hand,
It's the sweet word from the Red Cross nurse,
She's the rose of no-man's land.


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: skarpi
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:10 PM

http://www.firstworldwar.com/audio/roseofnomansland.htm

I am listen to it her , if its the same one ?


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:11 PM

Skarpi - you can hear it on Les's Myspace site, here !

Kitty


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:12 PM

No Skarpi - the one you posted isn't the same one. If you follow the Myspace link above you can hear me singing the harmony on Les's recording.....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:16 PM

PM sent to Jacqui - but I'll e-mail Les to let him know!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: skarpi
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:18 PM

ok


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: mg
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:21 PM

I think one of the original Irish Tenors..John McDermmot? sang this in one of his CDs. mg


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:54 PM

Thanks all - Kitty got it right, This is a song by Les Sullivan that should be better known - the lyrics really did get to me.


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Subject: RE: The Roses Of No Man's Land - info/lyrics
From: GUEST,Les Sullivan
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 04:42 AM

Hi Jaqui kitty put me onto this thread and also told me a little more about yourself. I am humbled and flattered by your comments music is a stange thing and can affect people in many ways some of my somgs including that one I find very hard to sing if you would like the cd with that song on it you may find it problematical as my internet worldwide supplier has gone bust(nothing to do with me)...........!


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROSES OF NO MAN'S LAND (Les Sullivan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 11:31 PM

These lyrics are copied from Les Sullivan's MySpace page:


ROSES OF NO MAN'S LAND
Les Sullivan

Jim lay alone by a roadside in Flanders,
Blown from his horse in a sky full of lead.
Then came a voice as if spoken from nowhere:
"You'll be alright, chum. There are far worse than you."
Just a few pills and a mouthful of water
Gave him the hope and the will to go on.
Then the rosebud had left him to tend to another:
A father, a brother, a husband, a son.

CHORUS: Where are the roses of no man's land?
Where are the roses that held out a hand
To the wounded and frightened, the injured and dying?
Where are the roses that flower in hell?

After the shelling, a boy he lay buried.
Who the hell knew he was missing at all?
Then a hand brushed his fingers and a voice said, "One here, sir."
Men dug like demons and from death he was saved.
"Boy, I'm so glad to see you," said the soldier.
"It's lucky we saw you," said the man with no gun.
Then the rosebud had left him to tend to another:
A father, a brother, a husband, a son. CHORUS

Where are the roses that grew in the meadows,
That looked on the slaughter of the khaki and grey
With a bag full of potions, an armour of courage,
Who searched for the living by night and by day?
What sort of man does it take to be smiling
When inside he's screaming for the strength to go on?
But he knew he was needed to tend to another:
A father, a brother, a husband, a son. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Roses of No Man's Land (Les Sullivan)
From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 01:03 AM

Roses of No Man's Land is a very evocative song. It does deserve more exposure.

When fairly new to folk singing I learnt it from Les's CD after seeing him perform it some years ago, however I still find it a very sensitive song & can feel quite emotional when singing it.

Les has written several WW1 songs, all of which are thought-provoking, & as a result I've looked at the history behind the events after hearing them.

Rosie S


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Roses of No Man's Land (Les Sullivan)
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 08:13 AM

You should come to more Hertfordshire venues, Jacqui!
Les is very generous with his time and his songs here.
keith.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Roses of No Man's Land (Les Sullivan)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 10:08 AM

Wow! just reading the words sends tingles. I'm sure I've heard Les sing it at Miskin but I've never seen the words.
I do a couple of war songs and often remark how strange it is that we hate war so much but it throws up some truly wonderful songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Roses of No Man's Land (Les Sullivan)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 10:17 AM

Only two good things come out of a war - The odd Technological improvement and a wealth of good songs !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Roses of No Man's Land (Les Sullivan)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 11:55 AM

What a beautiful song. I don't think I could ever sing it without crying, though!


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