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Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)

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Don(Wyziwyg)T 01 Jan 05 - 12:09 PM
alanabit 01 Jan 05 - 12:37 PM
GUEST,susu (susanneboston@msn.com) 01 Jan 05 - 01:03 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 02 Jan 05 - 05:26 AM
Bat Goddess 02 Jan 05 - 09:30 AM
Wilfried Schaum 02 Jan 05 - 10:45 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 02 Jan 05 - 09:00 PM
GUEST 05 Jan 05 - 11:33 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 05 Jan 05 - 01:52 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 06 Jan 05 - 01:57 PM
Dave Wynn 06 Jan 05 - 07:13 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 06 Jan 05 - 07:39 PM
Wilfried Schaum 07 Jan 05 - 01:55 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 22 Jan 05 - 07:26 AM
captainbirdseye 24 Jun 06 - 05:57 PM
GUEST 26 May 12 - 05:42 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 01 Jan 05 - 12:09 PM

I believe this may have been recorded by Dick Miles, 'tho I don't know who wrote it.

First Line:- All for the uniform, three square meals a day,

Chorus:- Blame it on the king, blame it on Lloyd George,
         But spare a thought for Tommy's Lot.

HELP PLEASE?

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: alanabit
Date: 01 Jan 05 - 12:37 PM

It sounds vaguely like Kipling's charachter, Tommy Atkins. I would look up Kipling if nobody else comes up with the right answer quickly.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: GUEST,susu (susanneboston@msn.com)
Date: 01 Jan 05 - 01:03 PM

This is all I have, hope this helps. Susu
All for a uniform and three square meals a day
We marched off on in the Grand Parade;
Across the sea to France and up the lines to death,
Like we were on our holiday.
But where's your land fit for heroes?
Promises that you forgot?
You can blame it on the king,
You can blame it on Lloyd-George,
But spare a thought for Tommy's Lot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 02 Jan 05 - 05:26 AM

Susu, thankyou. That is the complete first verse. I believe there are two more at least, but at least we now know we're all looking for the right song.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 02 Jan 05 - 09:30 AM

All I could find was that it was recorded on "Cheating the Tide      " by Dick Miles   -- (Greenwich Village GVR 227 (LP, UK, 1984)

Linn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 02 Jan 05 - 10:45 AM

Armistice Day

All for a uniform and three square meals a day
We marched off on in the Grand Parade;
Across the sea to France and up the lines to death,
Like we were on our holiday.
But where's your land fit for heroes?
Promises that you forgot?
You can blame it on the king,
You can blame it on Lloyd-George,
But spare a thought for Tommy's Lot.

found here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics and Chords req. 'Tommy's Lot'
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 02 Jan 05 - 09:00 PM

refrsh


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOMMY'S LOT (Dominic Williams)
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 11:33 AM

Written by Dominic Williams, it has also been recorded by Geoff Higginbottom, the words are

All for a uniform, three square meals a day
We marched off in the grand parade
Across the sea to France, up the lines to death
Like we were off on holiday
But where's your land that's fit for heroes?
What happened to the promises you forgot?

Blame it on the king, blame it on Lloyd George
But spare a thought for Tommy's lot

At Passendale, through the gas and shell
We stumbled through the jaws of hell
How can a mother say "Your father fell"
In a town she can't even say?
If these men died for a reason
Did anybody ever tell them what?

Call if an act of God, call it insanity
But spare a thought for Tommy's lot

Whatever happened to the war to end all wars
Where did that grand illusion go?
We've left it buried in the bloody fields of France
Beyond the lines of Marginot
And from the poppy fields of Flanders
The ghosts that never heard the final shot

Sing "Jerusalem will be built again"
But spare a thought for Tommy's lot

All for a uniform ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 01:52 PM

Hi Guest,

Many many thanks. It's a lovely song, which will now join some some dozen or so particularly evocative anti war songs in my repertoire.
Once again thank you.

I wasn't sure from the heading whether or no you are actually Dick Miles. If yes, I remember with pleasure having booked you for a gig at a club I ran more years ago than either of us would like to admit, and it's a pleasure I would like to repeat at my present club.
Please confirm if it's you.

Once again thankyou
Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 06 Jan 05 - 01:57 PM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: Dave Wynn
Date: 06 Jan 05 - 07:13 PM

Just being a little pedantic but the version I sing has some slightly different words. Like

" it's buried somewhere in those bloody fields of France" and "how can a mother say that your father fell in a town that she can't even spell"

Just the way I have sang it for years. It is probably not definitive.

Spot


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 06 Jan 05 - 07:39 PM

Spell works better for me too

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 07 Jan 05 - 01:55 AM

Passendale, Passchendale and other forms = Paschendael (near Ypres).
The third stanza is far from WWI: The Maginot line was passed by the French Parliament in 1930.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 22 Jan 05 - 07:26 AM

I noticed that too, Wilfried. Poetic License! I think the composer must have bought one.

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: captainbirdseye
Date: 24 Jun 06 - 05:57 PM

But i am Dick Miles, tommys lot was written by Dominic WilliamsIwas only playing it this very morning,if you want the song send me a personal message.Captain Birdseye.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 May 12 - 05:42 AM

Hello,

Thanks for your interest. You and others are right to note that the Maginot line does indeed postdate the First World War. However, when I wrote the lyric, I had in mind a ghost from the 'poppy fields of Flanders' looking back from a position 'beyond the lines of Maginot' and reflecting on the tragic fact that the 'war to end all wars' did not do so.

It is pleasing to see the song still has a life of its own and is still generating interest. In response to a few requests, here are the words as I originally wrote them:

'TOMMY'S LOT'

All for a uniform and three square meals a day
We marched off in the Grand Parade
Across the sea to France and up the line to death
Like we were off on holiday,

But where's your land that's fit for heroes,
And the promises that you forgot?
Blame it on the King, blame it on Lloyd George,
But spare a thought for Tommy's Lot.

At Passchendaele, through the gas and shell,
We stumbled through the jaws of Hell,
But how will a mother say,"Your father fell…"
In a town that she can't even spell?

And, if these men died for a reason,
Did anybody tell them what?
Call it an act of God, call it insanity,
But spare a thought for Tommy's Lot.

Whatever became of the war to end all wars?
Where did that grand illusion go?
We left it buried in the bloody fields of France
Beyond the lines of Maginot.

Now, from the poppy fields of Flanders,
The ghosts who never heard that final shot
Sing, "Jerusalem will be built again!"
But spare a thought for Tommy's Lot.

"There is a corner of a foreign field that is forever England."


Tommy's Lot
© P.R.S. and M.C.P.S. Copyright Controlled.
Words and music: Dominic Williams

Best wishes,

Dominic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: The Sandman
Date: 26 May 12 - 12:57 PM

and here is Dick Miles,on an off day,hi dominic, hope you are well thanks for the song.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ5xZQVkhak


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tommy's Lot (from Dick Miles)
From: The Sandman
Date: 26 May 12 - 01:00 PM

i clearly sang a town that she cant even SPELL


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