|Lyrics:||Well how do you do, young Willie McBride,|
do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside.
And rest for a while ´neath the warm summer sun.
I´ve been working all day and I´m
I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen,
when you joined the great
fallen in nineteen-sixteen.
I hope you died well and I hope you died clean.
McBride, was it slow and unseen.
CHORUS: Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play
the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death-march as they lowered you down?
And did the
band play the Last post and chorus?
Did the pipes play the ´Flowers of the forest`?
And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory
Although you died back in nineteen sixteen
In that faithful heart are you
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed and forever behind
the glass frame
In a old photograph, torn and battered and stained
And fade to yellow in
a brown leather frame.
The sun now it shines on the green fields of
There´s a warm summer breeze, makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun
shines from under the clouds
There´s no gas, no barbed wire, there´s no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it´s still no-man´s-land
The countless white crosses stand
mute in the sand
To man´s blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation
that were butchered and damned.
Now young Willie McBride I can´t
help but wonder why
Do all those that lie here know why did they died
And did they
believe when they answered the cause
Did they really believe that this war would end wars
For the sorrows, the suffering, the glory. the pain
The killing and dying was all done
For young Willie McBride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again,