Poignant Song from "SHARPE"

#1
I heard this sung on Sunday night on an episode of "SHARPE":




Fading away like the stars in the morning

Losing their light in the glorious sun

Thus would we pass from this earth and its toiling

Only remembered for what we have done



Only the truth in the fife we have spoken

Only the seed that in life we have sown

These shall pass onwards when we are forgotten

Only remembered for what we have done



Who'll sing the anthem and who'll tell the story

Will the line hold will it scatter and run

Shall we at last be united in glory

Only remembered for what we have done



Does anyone have this as part of their regimental traditions?It brought not a little weeping to my eyes
 
#2
Some songs always have that effect on me.

One that springs to mind is the rendition of Non Nobis Domine at the end of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V.

And of course The Last Post, get shivers whenever I hear it.

PB
 
#3
The Cavalry Last Post is particularly poignant for me. Does anyone have a link to this so I might hear it again?
 

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#6
Ah yes, 'Over the hills'. A regimental march, still used today by The Waterloo Band.
When the Band and Bugles perform at RGJ Association dinners, they play a version of Sunset, with buglers posted at 4 corners of room, and play as echoes from each other. This is especially moving when played in old barracks, with bugles on roofs of buildings.
 
#7
SparkySteve said:
I always liked the main theme of Sharpe
Is that the one the older skinny northern rifleman would always sing, the one with the recurring 'over the hills and far away' lyric? Always liked that. No idea what it's called though (he said waiting to be told it's called 'over the hills and far away').
 
#9
stroker said:
SparkySteve said:
I always liked the main theme of Sharpe
Is that the one the older skinny northern rifleman would always sing, the one with the recurring 'over the hills and far away' lyric? Always liked that. No idea what it's called though (he said waiting to be told it's called 'over the hills and far away').
I was chatting to the guy who plays "Rfn Harris" last year....told me that John Tamms who sings these songs now in poor health....
 
#10
Over the Hills and Far Away was linked to on the old Army website if I recall correctly. Brilliant song.

Here's forty shillings on the drum
For those who'll volunteer to come
To 'list and fight the foe today.
Over the hills and far away.

(Chorus)
O'er the hills and o'er the main.
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.
King George commands and we obey.
Over the hills and far away.

When duty calls me I must go
To stand and face another foe.
But part of me will always stray
Over the hills and far away.

If I should fall to rise no more,
As many comrades did before,
Then ask the fifes and drums to play.
Over the hills and far away.

Then fall in lads behind the drum,
With colours blazing like the sun.
Along the road to come-what may.
Over the hills and far away.
 
#11
stroker said:
SparkySteve said:
I always liked the main theme of Sharpe
Is that the one the older skinny northern rifleman would always sing, the one with the recurring 'over the hills and far away' lyric? Always liked that. No idea what it's called though (he said waiting to be told it's called 'over the hills and far away').

That's the badger, i always felt moved by it, his haunting rendition perhaps.
Im sorry to hear that he is unwell.
 
#12
SparkySteve said:
stroker said:
SparkySteve said:
I always liked the main theme of Sharpe
Is that the one the older skinny northern rifleman would always sing, the one with the recurring 'over the hills and far away' lyric? Always liked that. No idea what it's called though (he said waiting to be told it's called 'over the hills and far away').

That's the badger, i always felt moved by it, his haunting rendition perhaps.
Im sorry to hear that he is unwell.
Got all his music.......illegally......mind you he told me how to do it...as a SHARPES RIFLE!!!!!!........Jason or RFN HARRIS.....will be in colchester so I am told on the 16/17 June 2007
 
#13
The verses that Tams did for each of the Sharpe films differ and can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_Hills_and_Far_Away_(traditional)

I particularly liked the verse from Sharpe's Company.
 
#15
I've always had a weak spot for Scottish Soldier. Edinburgh Tattoo last year, as the massed pipes and drums burst forth, a stray piece of grit lodges in my eye.

Glanced round and the same had happened to me oppo


There was a soldier, a Scottish soldier
Who wandered far away and soldiered far away
There was none bolder, with good broad shoulder
He's fought in many a fray, and fought and won.
He'd seen the glory and told the story
Of battles glorious and deeds neforious
But now he's sighing, his heart is crying
To leave these green hills of Tyrol.

Because these green hills are not highland hills
Or the island hills, the're not my land's hills
And fair as these green foreign hills may be
They are not the hills of home.

And now this soldier, this Scottish soldier
Who wandered far away and soldiered far away
Sees leaves are falling and death is calling
And he will fade away, in that far land.
He called his piper, his trusty piper
And bade him sound a lay... a pibroch sad to play
Upon a hillside, a Scottish hillside
Not on these green hills of Tyrol.

And so this soldier, this Scottish soldier
Will wander far no more and soldier far no more
And on a hillside, a Scottish hillside
You'll see a piper play his soldier home.
He'd seen the glory, he'd told his story
Of battles glorious and deeds victorious
The bugles cease now, he is at peace now
Far from those green hills of Tyrol.


:cry: sorry, missus is dusting....
 
#16
Thanks for the info fellas. Will now learn the lyrics off by heart to be recited adnorsium in the mess after a Regi dinner, when drunk, and until I fall over.

All the best to John Tamms I say.

The only other song to bring a tear to my eye everytime I hear it like that is "Flying the Flag (for You)", by Scooch. It gets ya' right there it does.
 
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