Lemmy - Motorhead 1916

#2
The lyrics (as I'm a bit of a Motorhead spotter)

1916, Motorhead

16 years old when I went to war,
To fight for a land fit for heroes,
God on my side,and a gun in my hand,
Counting my days down to zero,
And I marched and I fought and I bled
And I died & I never did get any older,
But I knew at the time, That a year in the line,
Is a long enough life for a soldier,
We all volunteered,
And we wrote down our names,
And we added two years to our ages,
Eager for life and ahead of the game,
Ready for history's pages,
And we fought and we brawled
And we whored 'til we stood,
Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder,
A thirst for the Hun,
We were food for the gun,and that's
What you are when you're soldiers,
I heard my friend cry,
And he sank to his knees,coughing blood
As he screamed for his mother
And I tell by his, side,
And that's how we died,
Clinging like kids to each other,
And I lay in the mud
And the guts and the blood,
And I wept as his body grew colder,
And I called for my mother
And she never came,
Though it wasn't my fault
And I wasn't to blame,
The day not half over
And ten thousand slain,and now
There's nobody remembers our names
And that's how it is for a soldier
 
#3
Jimmy_Kranke said:
Not sure if its already been flagged up. Somebody from my regimental site highlighted it. An unusual side to Lemmy's writing skills, very apt as Nov 11th approaches

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jIBBZihOp7I
I think it's a great song, but that picture on that video looks like he's trying to stop his ears bleeding. Surely could have a better picture or video.

But the points not missed. Funny how things haven't changed that much when you think about it.
 
#4
Yea, it would be a great backing track for a tribute though. The words are very haunting.
 
#5
a bit of a theme for our Mr Kilmister

Marching off to war

Another battle's over,
It's a million soldiers,
Never rise again,
We lost a million friends,
You can't understand,
If you weren't there,
You felt different then,
Marching Off To War
Show no quarter,
Delight in slaughter,
Up for your last long ride,
Maybe God's on the other side,
Don't try to understand,
If you weren't there,
You felt different then,
Marching Off To War

Don't need no vindication,
Fight for the nation,
You know you're going to hell,
But you wear it well,
You'll never understand,
If you weren't there,
You felt different then,
Marching Off To War
 
#7
If you want a good song with moving lyrics about going to war etc then I can recommend a friend of mine called Jack Savoretti, the videos not the best quality but you'll get the idea...

Clicky

The album version is miles better and the whole album is great (No I'm not on commision)
 
#8
clicky

only a short piece of it I'm afraid
 
#9
and there is always 'March or die' and 'Bomber' as well as 'Sword of Glory' - the best (IMHO) is still 1916.
 
#10
theoriginalphantom said:
clicky

only a short piece of it I'm afraid
Cheers OP.

This is a classic example of the music getting in the way of great lyrics.
 
#11
its a poor recording
 
#12
Jimmy, check PM's
 
#14
Lemmy has an anti war streak a mile wide that shows through in his music. His songwriting is fantastic and they are one of my favourite bands.

System Of A Down are another band with great anti war messages.
 

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#15
Love Motorhead. If Lemmy's stuff on war is good for you you might want to check out Iron Maiden's CD, A Matter of Life and Death. In particular two tracks; 'These Colours Don't Run' and 'The Longest Day.' Another Iron Maiden CD, 'Dance of Death' has a great track on it, 'Paschendale' (sic). You might also want to check out the following:
Marillion - 'Forgotten Sons' about NI
Guns 'n' Roses - 'Civil War'
Faith No More - 'Paths of Glory' (FNM fans only I suggest)
Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake CD (very heavy)
Drive By Truckers - The Sands of Iwo Jima (which is simply outstanding)
Megadeth - Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden (Bonus Disk CD)

Anyone else have any other suggestions ?
 
#16
Soldier-Poet said:
Love Motorhead. If Lemmy's stuff on war is good for you you might want to check out Iron Maiden's CD, A Matter of Life and Death. In particular two tracks; 'These Colours Don't Run' and 'The Longest Day.' Another Iron Maiden CD, 'Dance of Death' has a great track on it, 'Paschendale' (sic). You might also want to check out the following:
Marillion - 'Forgotten Sons' about NI
Guns 'n' Roses - 'Civil War'
Faith No More - 'Paths of Glory' (FNM fans only I suggest)
Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake CD (very heavy)
Drive By Truckers - The Sands of Iwo Jima (which is simply outstanding)
Megadeth - Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden (Bonus Disk CD)

Anyone else have any other suggestions ?
S-P thanks, I hadn't heard of that one, will now endeavour to find it in HMV :D
 
#17
Eric Bogles "Green fields of France"

Well, how'd you do, Private Willie McBride,
D'you mind if I sit down down here by your graveside?
I'll rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,
Been walking all day, Lord, and I'm nearly done.
I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,
I hope you died quick and I hope you died "clean,"
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?
CHORUS:
Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the fife lowly?
Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered ye down?
Did the bugles sing "The Last Post" in chorus?
Did the pipes play the "Floors1 O' The Forest"?
And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined?
And, though you died back in 1916,
To that loyal heart are you forever nineteen?
Or are you a stranger, without even a name,
Forever enshrined behind some glass pane,
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?
Well, the sun's shining down on these green fields of France;
The warm wind blows gently, the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long under the plow;
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land;
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man.
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

And I can't help but wonder now, Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you "the cause?"
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,
For Willie McBride, it's all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.
 
#18
Mr_Deputy said:
Metallica One. I believe written by victim of a landmine in Viet Nam.
Chills me to the bone.

Link : http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JwW9L_qzqp8

ONE
===

I can't remember anything
Can't tell if this is true or dream
Deep down inside I feel to scream
This terrible silence stops in me

Now that the war is through
with meI'm waking up, I
cannot see
That there is not much left of me
Nothing is real but pain now

Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God, wake me

Back in the womb it's much too real
In pumps life that I must feel
But can't look forward to reveal
Look to the time when I'll live

Fed through the tube that sticks in me
Just like a wartime noveltyTied to
machines that make me be
Cut this life off from me

Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God, wake me

Now the world is gone I'm just one
Oh God, help me hold my breath
as I wish for death
Oh please God, help me

Darkness imprison me
All that I see
Absolute horrorI cannot live
I cannot die
Trapped in myself
Body my holding cell

Landmine Has taken my sight
Taken my speech
Taken my hearingTaken my armsTaken my legs
Taken my soul
Left me with life in hell
Bit earlier Mr D: based on 'Johnny Got Your Gun' by Dalton Trumbo (book and film) - WW1 casualty.

Okay, I was a Metallica fan when this was released and as it was their first 'proper' video there was a load of articles written. Am I a sad nerd with a retentive memory or was it that good a song? Discuss...

Back to Lemmy - he is apparently a fairly competent amateur mil history buff as well as British Rock Legend. I remember one of the guys from Slayer being interviewed and apparently he made some comment about WW1 and Lemmy dragged him off and lectured him for hours... must have run out of groupies.
 
#19
Thanks CS,

I did wonder if he based the lyrics on someone from his family. It seems a strange subject to jump on, and although the Great War has been headline stuff for the last few years, I believe the song was written in about 1991.
 

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