SOLDIERs SONG

#1
Can anyone remember a song called "Soldier's Song", about a soldier in Belfast who throws himself on top of an IED. Racking my brain to remember who sang it with no joy.
 
#2
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"SOLDIER IN A STATION" By: Harvey Andrews
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In a station in the city, a British soldier stood
Talking to the people there, if the people would
Some just stared in hatred and others turned in pain
And the lonely British soldier, wished he was back home again

'Come join the British Army' said the posters in his town
'See the world and have your fun, come serve before the Crown'
The jobs were hard to come by and he could not face the dole
So he took his country's shilling and enlisted on the roll

For there was no fear of fighting, the Empire long was lost
Just ten years in the army, getting paid for being bossed
Then leave a man experienced, a man who's made the grade
A medal and a pension, some memories and a trade

Then came the call to Ireland as the call has come before
Another bloody chapter in an endless Civil War
The priests they stood on both sides, the priests they stood behind
Another fight in Jesus' name, the blind against the blind

The soldier stood between them, between the whistling stones
And then the broken bottles, that led to broken bones
The petrol bombs that burned his hand, the nails that pierced his skin
And wished that he had stayed at home surrounded by his kin

The station filled with people, the soldier soon was bored
But better in the station than where the people warred
The room filled up with mothers, with daughters and with sons
Who stared with itchy fingers at the soldier and his guns

A yell of fear, a screech of brakes, a shattering of glass
The window of the station broke to let the package pass
The scream came from the mothers as they ran toward the door
Dragging children crying from the bomb upon the floor

The soldier stood and could not move, his gun he could not use
He knew the bomb had seconds left, not minutes on the fuse
He could not run to pick it up and throw it on the street
There were far too many people there, too many running feet.
'Take cover' yelled the soldier, 'take cover for your lives'
And the Irishmen threw down their young and stood before their wives
They turned toward the soldier, their eyes alive with fear
'For God's sake, save our children or they'll end their short lives here'

The soldier moved towards the bomb, his stomach like a stone
'Why was this his battle, God, why was he alone?'
He lay down on the package and he murmured one farewell
To those at home in England, to those he loved so well

He saw the sights of summer, felt the wind upon his brow
The young girls in the city park, how precious were they now
The soaring of the swallow, the beauty of the swan
The music of the turning earth, so soon it would be gone
The muffled soft explosion and the room began to quake
The soldier blown across the floor, his blood a crimson lake
They never heard him cry or shout, they never heard him moan
And they turned their children's' faces from the blood and from the bone

The crowds outside soon gathered, and the ambulances came
To carry off the body of a pawn lost to the game
And the crowd they clapped and jeered, and they sang their rebel songs
One soldier less to interfere where he did not belong

And will the children growing up, learn at their mothers knee
The story of the soldier who bought their liberty
Who used his youthful body as the means towards the end
Who gave his life to those, who called him 'murderer' not 'friend'

Harvey Andrews is a folk singer who can be found at http://www.harveyandrews.com
 
#3
Arsey, pm me your email and I'll send it to you.


Sweats.
 
#5
ArseyMO said:
Can anyone remember a song called "Soldier's Song", about a soldier in Belfast who throws himself on top of an IED. Racking my brain to remember who sang it with no joy.
Most soldiers of the day knew the song well and sang it often. For some obscure reason, the BBC banned it!

A touching story of one man's heroism, but how many people know that it is a true story about a very real incident...and how many remember who the soldier was? Very few I would wager.
 
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#8
Crusader said:
A touching story of one man's heroism, but how many people know that it is a true story about a very real incident...and how many remember who the soldier was? Very few I would wager.

I didn't know that. Any links for the education of the ignorant?
 
#9
(Added: This is for the post before last!)

Open the page: http://www.yellowribbon.org.uk/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=21789 and listen to the song.

Open Windows Explorer and click on the "Folders" button if it isn't already open.

Expand as necessary until you follow the tree:

My Computer
Local Disk (whichever one you use, you may need to try more than one to find the right route) (mine is c: )
Documents and Settings
(Your user name, profile or whatever its called) (note to self - identity, clot)
Local Settings
Temporary Internet Files

Look for a file that starts "Harvey Andrews ...." and is a mp3 file.

Right click on this, select copy.
Go through the Folder tree to where you want the file to live e.g. "My Music" and click it.
Right click, select Paste.

You now have an mp3, the sneaky way.

Why pay for ringtones? Play the sample and do the same thing.
 
#10
TheAlcotroll said:
Crusader said:
A touching story of one man's heroism, but how many people know that it is a true story about a very real incident...and how many remember who the soldier was? Very few I would wager.

I didn't know that. Any links for the education of the ignorant?
He was Sergeant Willetts of the Parachute Regiment. Sorry, but I cannot recall his first name or which Battalion, but I read his story which was published along with his photo in Browning Barracks, Aldershot when I did P Company.
 
#11
Crusader said:
TheAlcotroll said:
Crusader said:
A touching story of one man's heroism, but how many people know that it is a true story about a very real incident...and how many remember who the soldier was? Very few I would wager.

I didn't know that. Any links for the education of the ignorant?
He was Sergeant Willetts of the Parachute Regiment. Sorry, but I cannot recall his first name or which Battalion, but I read his story which was published along with his photo in Browning Barracks, Aldershot when I did P Company.
Just checked it out. He was Sgt Michael Willetts of 3 Para and the incident was in Springfield Rd Police Station in 1971. The actual event was quite different to the actions taken in the song, but it was written about that event and he did die saving and protecting others using himself as a human shield.
 
#12
Googled Sgt Willetts and I found this Sgt Willetts.

Had completely forgot about the song having heard it years ago till last week, when I was on the back of a 4 tonner and the bloke next to me started humming it, its a brilliant song that always gets a lump in the back of the throat. Cheers putts for the link.
 
#13
putteesinmyhands said:
(Added: This is for the post before last!)

Open the page: http://www.yellowribbon.org.uk/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=21789 and listen to the song.

Open Windows Explorer and click on the "Folders" button if it isn't already open.

Expand as necessary until you follow the tree:

My Computer
Local Disk (whichever one you use, you may need to try more than one to find the right route) (mine is c: )
Documents and Settings
(Your user name, profile or whatever its called) (note to self - identity, clot)
Local Settings
Temporary Internet Files

Look for a file that starts "Harvey Andrews ...." and is a mp3 file.

Right click on this, select copy.
Go through the Folder tree to where you want the file to live e.g. "My Music" and click it.
Right click, select Paste.

You now have an mp3, the sneaky way.

Why pay for ringtones? Play the sample and do the same thing.

Or alternatively, view the page source
http://www.yellowribbon.org.uk/movies/Harvey Andrews - Soldier.mp3
 

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#14
FYI There is (or are) a thread(s) about this song has been running for quite some time. My guess is on the Films, Literaure, Music, all things Artsy forum.
 
#15
Crusader said:
Crusader said:
TheAlcotroll said:
Crusader said:
A touching story of one man's heroism, but how many people know that it is a true story about a very real incident...and how many remember who the soldier was? Very few I would wager.

I didn't know that. Any links for the education of the ignorant?
He was Sergeant Willetts of the Parachute Regiment. Sorry, but I cannot recall his first name or which Battalion, but I read his story which was published along with his photo in Browning Barracks, Aldershot when I did P Company.
Just checked it out. He was Sgt Michael Willetts of 3 Para and the incident was in Springfield Rd Police Station in 1971. The actual event was quite different to the actions taken in the song, but it was written about that event and he did die saving and protecting others using himself as a human shield.
I seem to recall the incident took place nearer to Divis flats in a police station long since demolished (Hastings st or Divis st?). I may be wrong tho as I looked into this during a tour there in the early 80's
 
#16
Fellas, thanks very much for the replies - top quality info, ARRSE at it's best. I had a copy of the song on vinyl after hearing the song during my firs tour of NI in 1979 but lost it. Spoke to a mate of mine at lunchtime today and we both ended up humming the tune, could remember the first verse.
 
#17
In the early 80's just after he had left the service, I once caught my Dad listening to this song with a tear in his eye and asked him what it was about. He played it again and told me the story that it was loosely based on. It certainly brought a cocky little teenager back to earth rapidly and was one of those moments when you start to realise that your parents have a past that you have no idea about.

He had (and still has) the original vinyl record, I recorded it and it has remainined with me ever since. When my boys are old enough to understand the concept of selfess sacrifice I will play it to them and explain the story; hopefully it will make as a lasting an impression on them as it did me.
 
#18
Arsey, the tune goes like this:

Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!
Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!
Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!
Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!

It's great isn't it...??

Enjoyed the cabby out today - cheers.

They best have Strawberry next time by the way.....!!!
 
#19
Santa_Sunday said:
Arsey, the tune goes like this:

Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!
Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!
Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!
Do Do Do DOOO, Da Do Do DOOO, DA DA DA DOOOOOOO....!!!!!

It's great isn't it...??

Enjoyed the cabby out today - cheers.

They best have Strawberry next time by the way.....!!!
W**k*r, now my covers blown. I'll bring you a copy over in the week, actually isn't the first line Da Da Da Doooo! Played it for my Mr's, she listened to it and burst into tears, soft cow
 
#20
top song always used to be played in our sqn bar in the 80's.
 

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