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,
The sun now it shines on the green fields of France;
Ah young Willie McBride, I can't help wonder why,
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.