The Soldier - Download request

#1
Does anyone know if there is anywhere on t'interweb where I can download an MP3 version of the The Soldier.

This is the song about the British Soldier who gave his life by laying on an IED in order to save all the civvies in the bus station, set in Northern Ireland.

I used to have this on tape years and years ago, but since going digital, have lost it.

Cheers for any advice and help.

E_S
 
#3
#9
A much better version is by the Angelic Upstarts.

The Harvey Andrews job is far too girly.
 
#10
Jacob1650 said:
A much better version is by the Angelic Upstarts.

The Harvey Andrews job is far too girly.
coo are you old enough to remember them :?
 
#12
Sergeant Michael G. Willets, 27, 3 Para, On the evening of the 25th May 1971 a terrorist entered the reception hall of Springfield Road Police station in Belfast. He carried a suitcase from which a smoking fuse protruded, dumping the case on the floor he fled out-side, inside the room were a man a woman and two children and several police officers. One of the police officers raised the alarm then began organising
an evacuation of the hall through the reception office. Sgt Willetts was on duty in the inner hall, on hearing the alarm he sent an NCO to the first floor to warn those above and hastened himself to the door towards which the police officer was thrusting those in the reception hall and office. He held the door open while all passed safely through and then stood in the doorway shielding those taking cover.
In the next moment the bomb exploded with terrible force. Sgt Willetts was mortally wounded. His duty did not require him to enter the threatened area. All those people who were approaching the door from the far side agreed that if they had had to check to open the door, They would have perished. Sgt Willetts waited, placing his body as a screen to shelter them.
By this act of bravery, he risked and lost his life for those of the adults and children.
Sgt Michael Willetts was awarded the George Cross (Posthumous)
 
#13
Poppy said:
coo are you old enough to remember them :?


Only just....... I was a bit of an Oi Oi boy at Junior School, with me spikey hair and hand me down shorts.
 
#14
Jacob1650 said:
A much better version is by the Angelic Upstarts.

The Harvey Andrews job is far too girly.
F uck!I used to have that!(went through a wee bit of an OI! stage)Have you heard Ulster,by Sham 69?f ucking s hiteeeeeeeeeeee!!,its even got gunfire sounds at the end with ricochet pinging sounds that you used to make when playing Japs 'n comandos when you were a kid.....PIOWWWW!!
 
#19
I've spent the last two hours on a youtube fest.

Angelic upstarts led to Sham 69, led to cockney rejects, led to Toy Dolls, led to clips from Deliverance ( duelling Banjos and squeel like a pig ) then strangely back to here.

What a journey that was.
 
#20
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 mem'ries and a trade

Then came the call for Ireland as the call had 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's 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 burnt his hands 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 gun

A yell of fear a screech of brakes the shattering of glass
The window of the station broke to let the package pass
A scream came from the mothers as they ran towards the door
Dragging their 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 and not minutes on the fuse
He could not run and pick it up and throw it in 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 towards 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 parks how precious were they now
The soaring of the swallow the beauty of the swan
The music of the turning world so soon would it be gone

A muffled soft explosion and the room began to quake
The soldier blown across the floor his blood a crimson lake
There was no time to cry or shout there was no time to moan
And they turned their children's faces from the blood and from the bones

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

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

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