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Lyr Req: War Correspondent (Eric Bogle)

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A COUNTRY SONG
BLOODY ROTTEN AUDIENCE
BOGLED
DO YOU KNOW ANY BOB DYLAN?
FRONT ROW COWBOY
GLASGOW LULLABY
IF WISHES WERE FISHES
LEAVING NANCY
NO MAN'S LAND
NO MAN'S LAND (3)
NO USE FOR HIM
NOBODY'S MOGGY NOW
NOBODY'S MOGGY'S LAND (No Moggy's Land)
NOW I'M EASY
SAFE IN THE HARBOUR
SILLY SLANG SONG
SOLDIER, SOLDIER
THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA
THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA (2)
THE SONG OF THE WHALE
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
WILLIE MCBRIDE'S REPLY


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Amergin 25 Oct 03 - 04:13 PM
Susanne (skw) 25 Oct 03 - 07:36 PM
Jim Dixon 27 Oct 03 - 10:05 AM
Jim Dixon 28 Oct 03 - 08:11 PM
Bob Bolton 28 Oct 03 - 09:58 PM
Rapparee 29 Oct 03 - 10:53 AM
Amergin 29 Oct 03 - 07:47 PM
Bob Bolton 30 Oct 03 - 07:40 AM
Amergin 30 Oct 03 - 02:05 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Oct 03 - 07:09 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Amergin
Date: 25 Oct 03 - 04:13 PM

In this thread: Santa Bloody Claus there was a request for the song The War Correspondent...and I know some one aoround here as the words... ;)

thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 25 Oct 03 - 07:36 PM

I've got the album but I haven't got the words down on paper (or rather, computer screen). It'll take me a few days (she said, hoping someone would beat her to it :-)


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Subject: Lyr Add: WAR CORRESPONDENT (Eric Bogle)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 10:05 AM

The entire song can be downloaded from a site called The Australian Involvement in Vietnam. I've transcribed it, with a few holes where I stumbled because I'm not familiar with Aussie or cricket jargon.

WAR CORRESPONDENT
(Eric Bogle)

Good evening. I'm ... with the news from the ABC.
A record profit's been announced by the board of BHP,
And the second cricket test ...
While the drought in western New South Wales means dearer cuts of meat,
And our special correspondent in Saigon
Says three Australian soldiers have died in Vietnam.

And the special correspondent sat in the Saigon bar.
With the help of Johnny Walker, he pushed away the war.
And questions with no answers that have rattled round his head
Have lost their urgent clarity, and are faded round the edge.
Though tomorrow they'd again be sharp and clear,
Tonight they have been lost amongst the ... and the beer.

Ask a silly question, like why the hell you're here,
Learning how to live with death, suffering, and fear
For war's a game for soldiers. It's not for men like you.
Is it something that you have to find, something you must prove?
Or are you hooked upon the adrenaline
That living on the edge of dying brings?

But here you are in Vietnam. You're a long way from home,
Doing what you're paid to do the best way that you can.
Objectively you watch the war, never taking sides.
What you feel, what you really feel, is hidden deep inside,
For you're not being paid to moralize,
And anyway a man can lose his reason asking why.

And if you ever get back home, you'll never be the same.
The man that was before Vietnam can never be again.
And in ten years when you look back to weigh and count the cost,
Perhaps you'll see that Vietnam gave you back more than you lost.
And from it, if you learn nothing else,
Perhaps you may get to know yourself.

Roll up, roll up, and see the show. TV soldiers in a row.
Hear them laugh and hear them cry. Watch them run and see them die.
It's not in colour, but that's all right. War's better viewed in black and white.
White for us, and black for them, with no grey shadows in between.

[Recorded by Eric Bogle on "Now I'm Easy" Larrikin CD CDRF-041 (originally issued as an LP 1980).]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 08:11 PM

Refresh. Can anyone fill in the words I missed? They're indicated by an ellipsis (...) in the lyrics above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 09:58 PM

G'day Jim,

The link you provided is to a download, so I can't access it from my work machine. I'll 'trace' this thread and pick up the missing words at home. I have four different Eric Bogle song books ... and this is in one ... possible the (~ 1980) first one.

Anyway, I'm fairly sure the name missing from the first line is Ross Symon(d)s (give or take spelling error!) I guess I should also post a MIDItext of the tune ... ?

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 10:53 AM

" Tonight they have been lost amongst the ... and the beer."

The missing word is "bargirls."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Amergin
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 07:47 PM

Well thanks...Jim bob, and rapaire...there is still a missing line that like Jim I can't quite get...

I clicked on that link to the site Jim posted...and found a song called I was Only 19 by Redgum...that shook the tears from my eyes....very powerful song...think I'll have to look more into Redgum...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 07:40 AM

G'day Amergin,

I'm actually at home (back from the shanty session on the 1880s square-rigger James Craig).

I've got the first Eric Bogle Song Book (OK - this is the Irish rip-off copy the songs of eric bogle, but it's mostly a direct facsimile). Here's a corrected copy:

WAR CORRESPONDENT
(Eric Bogle)

Good evening. I'm Ross Symons with the news from the ABC.
A record profit's been announced by the board of BHP,
In the the second cricket test in Perth, the Aussies face defeat
Whilst the drought in western New South Wales means dearer cuts of meat,
And our special correspondent in Saigon
Says three Australian soldiers have died in Vietnam.

And the special correspondent sat in a Saigon bar.
With the help of Johnny Walker, he'd pushed away the war.
And questions with no answers that had rattled round his head
Have lost their urgent clarity, and were faded round the edge.
Though tomorrow they'd again be sharp and clear,
Tonight they had been lost amongst the bar girls and the beer.

Ask a silly question, like why the hell you're here,
Learning how to live with death, suffering, and fear
For war's a game for soldiers, it's not for men like you.
Is it something that you have to find, something you must prove?
Or are you hooked upon the adrenalin
That living on the edge of dying brings?

But here you are in Vietnam. You're a long way from home,
Doing what you're paid to do, the best way that you can.
Objectively you watch the war, never taking sides.
What you feel, what you really feel, is hidden deep inside,
For you're not being paid to moralise,
And anyway a man can lose his reason asking "Why".

And if you ever get back home, you'll never be the same.
The man that was before Vietnam can never be again.
And in ten years when you look back to weigh and count the cost,
Perhaps you'll see that Vietnam gave you back more than you lost.
And from it, if you learn nothing else,
Perhaps you may get to know yourself.

Roll up, roll up, and see the show.
TV soldiers in a row.
Hear them laugh, hear them cry.
Watch them run, see them die.
It's not in colour, but that's all right.
War's better viewed in black and white.
White for us, and black for them,
with no grey shadows in between.

(I think I picked up most of the corrections!)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Amergin
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 02:05 PM

ah, Thanks, Bob! and thanks everyone else too!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 07:09 PM

Bar girl! Ha! I thought it sounded like "bargle". I almost asked, what the heck is a bargle? I thought maybe "bargle" was a name for some strange snack food that they serve in Aussie bars.

Anyway, it's a good song. Funny, I'd never heard it before, although during the Vietnam War I was sort of a peacenik and was familiar with many American antiwar songs. I guess I wasn't aware there was any antiwar sentiment in Australia in those days. Heck, I was barely aware there were any Australians in Vietnam.

Sorry, I guess it's just a reflection of how self-centered the US news media are. Maybe I'll educate myself someday.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: War Correspondent-Eric Bogle
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 11:38 PM

At the beginning, I've always thought it was "Good evening, I'm on asignment"...

And thanks.


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