"Army Dreamers" , Kate Bush - sadly appropriate lyrics

#1
Fantastic song.


b.f.p.o.*"
Army dreamers.
"mammy?s hero."
"b.f.p.o."
"mammy?s hero."

Our little army boy
Is coming home from b.f.p.o.
I?ve a bunch of purple flowers
To decorate a mammy?s hero.

Mourning in the aerodrome,
The weather warmer, he is colder.
Four men in uniform
To carry home my little soldier.

"what could he do?
Should have been a rock star."
But he didn?t have the money for a guitar.
"what could he do?
Should have been a politician."
But he never had a proper education.
"what could he do?
Should have been a father."
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste --
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.

Tears o?er a tin box.
Oh, jesus christ, he wasn?t to know,
Like a chicken with a fox,
He couldn?t win the war with ego.

Give the kid the pick of pips,
And give him all your stripes and ribbons.
Now he?s sitting in his hole,
He might as well have buttons and bows.

"what could he do?
Should have been a rock star."
But he didn?t have the money for a guitar.
"what could he do?
Should have been a politician."
But he never had a proper education.
"what could he do?
Should have been a father."
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste --
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of all that
Army dreamers,
Army dreamers,
Army dreamers, oh...

("b.f.p.o.")
Did-n-did-n-did-n-dum...
Army dreamers.
Did-n-did-n-did-n-dum...
("mammy?s hero.")
("b.f.p.o.")
Army dreamers.
("mammy?s hero.")
("b.f.p.o.")
No harm heroes.
("mammy?s hero.")
("b.f.p.o.")
Army dreamers.
("mammy?s hero.")
("b.f.p.o.")
No harm heroes.
 
#4
Burn the witch! :twisted:
Actually listening to Wuthering Heights myself at the mo - thanks for the reminder BB...
 
#5
Anyone who did the RAC PO course at Cambrai Barracks in the 90's may recall it as one of the tunes used for the fear-inducing 'crash out' tape which was used to give 15 minutes warning for another exhausting exercise...
 
#6
In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
Ive changed my face, Ive changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Dont give up
cos you have friends
Dont give up
Youre not beaten yet
Dont give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that wed be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Dont give up
You still have us
Dont give up
We dont need much of anything
Dont give up
cause somewhere theres a place
Where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
Its going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Dont give up
Please dont give up

got to walk out of here
I cant take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That rivers flowing
That rivers flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Dont give up
cause you have friends
Dont give up
Youre not the only one
Dont give up
No reason to be ashamed
Dont give up
You still have us
Dont give up now
Were proud of who you are
Dont give up
You know its never been easy
Dont give up
cause I believe theres the a place
Theres a place where we belong
She did quite a few of those, didn't she...
Might post this on the cheesiest RIP thread...
 
#9
I always liked this one by The Damned:


Dear mother how I will write this line

When I know I'm counting time

I'm tired and I'm scared

I'm waiting and death's my friend



To say in God we trust not for this

Oh the death and glory boys not for this



Dear beloved try to write to you

Through the senseless deaths of a million troops

I'm waiting my time is near

As my tears wash away my years



To say in God we trust not for this

Oh the death and glory boys not for this



Where I walk where I see

The haunting flares where my friends bleed

I see the face of the enemy

Of a man or boy who is just like me

Now you're not there

All the tears we bled

Cut through like winters rain

Can't you feel the pain



And if I could ever sleep again

I know till the end of time I'd hear

Their screams of pain

Dulce dulce decorum

Dulce dulce decorum

Dulce

Dear mother I'll write to you
 
#11
And the equally relevant 'Little Boy Soldiers' by The Jam.



Its funny how you never knew what my name was,
Our only contact was a form for the election.
These days I find that I don't listen,
These days I find that we're out of touch,
These days I find that I'm too busy,
So why the attention now you want my assistance -
What have you done for me.

You've gone and got yourself in trouble,
No you want me to help you out.

These days I find that I can't be bothered,
These days I find that its all too much,
To pick up a gun and shoot a stranger,
But I've got no choice so here I come - war games.

I'm up on the hills, playing little boy soldiers,
Reconnaissance duty up at 5:30.
Shoot shoot shoot and kill the natives,
You're one of us and we love you for that.

Think of honour, Queen and country,
You're a blessed son of the British Empire,
God's on our side and so is Washington.

Come out on the hills with the little boy soldiers.

Come on outside - I'll sing you a lullaby,
Or tell a tale of how goodness prevailed.

We ruled the world - we killed and robbed,
The ******* lot - but we don't feel bad.

It was done beneath the flag of democracy,
You'll believe and I do - yes I do - yes I do -
yes I do -

These days I find that I can't be bothered,
To argue withthem well what's the point,
Better to take your shots and drop down dead,
then they send you home in a pine overcoat

With a letter to your mum

Saying find enclosed one son - one medal and a note -
to say he won.
 
#14
Always a fan of Metallica, here's the lyrics from Disposable Heroes (Master of Puppets, 1986):


Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end
No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all
Victim of what said should be
A servant `til I fall

[Chorus:]
Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty one, only son
but he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here, Greeting Death
He's yours to take away

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blindman
[End Chorus]

Barking of machinegun fire, does nothing to me now
Sounding of the clock that ticks, get used to it somehow
More a man, more stripes you wear, glory seeker trends
Bodies fill the fields I see
The slaughter never ends

[Chorus]

{Why, Am I dying?
Kill, have no fear
Lie, live off lying
Hell, Hell is here} x2

I was born for dying

Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say
had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
left to die with only friend
Alone I clench my gun


[Chorus]

{Back to the front}x5.
 
#15
Scott Walker - Hero of the war

He's a hero of the war
All the neighborhood is talkin' 'bout your son
Mrs. Riley get his medals
Hand them 'round to everyone
Show his gun to all the children in the street
It's too bad he can't shake hands or move his feet

He's a hero of the war

You can see his picture in the local news
Mrs. Riley seems the girl next door is nowhere to be found
Once you couldn't keep that whore from hangin' 'round
Never mind dear, you're with your mum once more

He's a hero of the war

Like his dad he gave his life the war before
It was tragic how you almost died of pain when he was born
With no husband there beside you through it all
Ring the bell if you get hungry or you fall

You're a hero of the war

Why those teardrops on your cheek? it's so absurd
Feelin' empty it's the emptiness of heroes like your son
And what made him leave his mother for a gun
Driven forward driven back and nothing more
He's a hero of the war
 
#17
From the band I nicked my avatar and name from......

Gunshots shatter in the peace of night
Just another fire fight
For the people of this little town
But for the dying soldier
Well he's feeling ten years older
As he's lying face down on the ground
All the words that are in his head
And all the words his mother said
As she would put him to bed back home

Your daddy well he died in the Falklands
Fighting for another man's cause
And your brother he was killed in the Last War
And your mother well she's lying home alone

Every day she sees your face
On the picture on the fireplace
With your brother as he was leaving school
Then a day came five years ago
You said, "Mother, I need to know"
And you spoke the words your brother spoke before
"I seen the things my Daddy's done
And I've seen the medals Daddy's won
And I know that this is what he would have wanted for me."

But, your daddy well he died in the Falklands
Fighting for another man's cause
And your brother he was killed in the Last War
And your mother well she's lying home alone

Now she wonders at it all
Just in whose name do these brave young heroes fall
And how many more are going to answer that call
They're going to fight and die in another country's war
They're going die for a religion they don't believe in at all
They're die in a place they should never've been at all
Oh, never've been at all


'Cause, your daddy well he died in the Falklands
Fighting for another man's cause
And your brother he was killed in the Last War
And your mother well she's lying home alone

And your daddy well he died in the Falklands
Fighting for another man's cause
And your brother he was killed in the Last War
And your mother well she's lying home alone
 
#18
dogmeat said:
Ethel_the_Aardvark said:
Bravo_Bravo said:
Is, Ethel; is.
I will have to take your word for that BB as I haven't seen much of her recently.
I would have then, and I still would now...

If anything she looks better now. Although probably less flexible!
 
#19
What an endlessly attractive woman, in a slightly dangerous and unnerving stylee
 
#20
Ethel_the_Aardvark said:
dogmeat said:
Ethel_the_Aardvark said:
Bravo_Bravo said:
Is, Ethel; is.
I will have to take your word for that BB as I haven't seen much of her recently.
I would have then, and I still would now...

If anything she looks better now. Although probably less flexible!
We have her safely tucked away in Devon thank you :wink: better to keep her safe...

is and was a evocative song
 

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