Robin Gibb and 'The Soldiers'

#1
Just seen the news item publicising the new single "Just Gotta Get A Message To You" in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Normally I would agree with my 10 year old son that "Those soldier singers are embarrassing dad!" However, in this instance I am prepared to forgive them. The song is brilliant; Robin Gibb is well known for his support of the Armed Forces, as well as being a brilliant songwriter and musician.

He does look very unwell though. I hope he is on the mend.
 

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#11
I'm sure the anti war and anti squaddie brigade will find some sort of enjoyment out of a song in support of soldiers being about a murderer.

The song is about a man who, awaiting his execution in the electric chair,[who] begs the prison chaplain to pass a final message on to his wife. Robin Gibb, who wrote the lyrics, said that the man's crime was the murder of his wife's lover.
 
#12
I saw it this morning at the arse end of BBC News and have to agree it is shite. Whatever possessed serving soldiers to be associated with a song that has the punch line "one more hour and my life will be through"? Bizarre.
Oh, and the Bee Gees were and always will be dire.
 
#13
I'm sure the anti war and anti squaddie brigade will find some sort of enjoyment out of a song in support of soldiers being about a murderer.
Don't think the original meaning should have too much of a bearing on a subsequent adoption of an otherwise suitable dirge, after all 'Candle in the Wind was originally about a flaky bird who met a tragic death after being thoroughly rogered by a collection of wide boy types.
 

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