Thursday, 6 November 2014

Red Poppies Shamed


It should be no surprise that the British Legion used an anti-war song to head up their Poppy Appeal.

But to take one of the most powerful anti-war songs, disembowel its message and leave an empty saccharin-filled corpse is a massive disgrace.

Eric Bogle’s ‘No Man’s Land’  - aka ‘Green Fields of France’ – captures the horror of war.  When sung properly the pain, horror and the obscenity of war are clear.  This is how we should hear it.

No Man’s Land (Green Fields of France)      Davey Arthur & The Fureys



But too many of Eric’s words didn’t fit with message the British legion wanted to put over.  What they ripped out was:


Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Enclosed in forever behind the glass frame,
In an old photograph, torn and battered and stained,
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame?

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France;
There's a warm summer breeze that 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.

Ah young Willie McBride, I can't help wonder why,
Do those that lie here know why did they die?
And did they believe when they answered the cause,
Did they really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain,
The killing and dying, were all done in vain.
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again.



The words left and the production shames the red poppy and does a massive disservice to all those who died.

I’m not prepared to show the entire British Legion video but I show only enough to demonstrate their disgraceful work.


Red Poppies Shamed                                                              British Legion


Obscenity portrayed as glossy and glitzy!

Shame on the Royal British Legion.

Withdraw your song NOW!


The red poppy will forever be the symbol of human sacrifice and the obscenity of war.

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