Heroes Everyone

Heroes Everyone

coolparadiso's picture
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this is another song for my Anzac EP. this is not brand new but is unrecognisable to the draft I wrote on Anzac day. I rather like it - I guess this my "and the band played Waltzing Matilda"

The Picture is Ewen Mackay who died on the Somme in 1916, his brother had already died on the beaches at Gallipoli in 1915 they were both my wifes great great Uncle. Between us we can name 16 in total (15 Australians and 1 New Zealander) of our family who died across both world wars

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They marched down the dockyard so young and so proud
With their smiling faces and laughing out loud
They went off to fight for their country and King
Not knowing that some would give… everything

From the shores of Gallipoli to the fields of France
They were used as a weapon not given a chance
How so any survived is a mystery to me
It showed off their strength and their will… to be free

But nobody told them about the dying and pain
Nobody said they might not come back the same
But I like to think that they still would have gone
Because they went to fight for the right not the wrong

They did us so proud the young and the old
From Beersheba’s heat to the Somme in the cold
Standing together they forged out name
And from that day onwards Australia was never… the same

They came back as heroes but that didn’t last long
We nearly forgot them and that was so wrong
But as a country we’ve grown and now remember them well
All those that served and especially those that fell

But nobody told them about the dying and pain
No said they might not come back the same
But I like to think that they still would have gone
Because they went to fight for the right not the wrong

Once every year we stand side by side
With tears in our eyes and our hearts full of pride
We salute everyone who kept tyranny at bay
And remember each one on this and every Anzac Day

But nobody told them about the dying and pain
No said they might not come back the same
But I for sure that they still would have gone
Because they went to fight for the right not the wrong



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kahlo2013's picture

Wow, fantastic story telling that flows so well with this melody and gentle delivery. Really engaging and a great perspective on the history of a birth of country.

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Great storytelling, and I love that retro organ. Vocals really flow beautifully, and the lyrics hit home - powerful!

katpiercemusic's picture

Reminds me a little of Eric Bogle. Certainly a topic he liked to visit, and a topic full of potential. This is really well written. Good story telling and perspective.

coolparadiso's picture

@katpiercemusic spot on . You may have noticed in my liner notes i said its my sort of And the band played waltzing matilda - that is a Bogle song

billwhite51's picture

fantastic chorus and very moving lyrics which you deliver with such feeling.

fresh spotless youth's picture

That's a great sound right out of the gate. I love the organ/guitar combo with that simple beat. The song is very heavy on story, which sometimes obscures the guitar as the words roll out. (I say that only because I really love the way the song sounds in the beginning. It's kind of long already, so I'm not sure there's room for an instrumental section.) It's an interesting lyric. We see the horrors of these young people being chewed up in a big geo-political machine--but we also see the role these events played in your national myth-making