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Dulce Et Decorum Est

  • (Words & music Kevin Littlewood)

    Unemployed we joined up
    We thought to learn a trade
    Seduced by shiny uniforms
    Bands upon parade
    But they fooled us with their fables
    They sold the same old story
    Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori

    Where have you been Angelo, where have you been my son
    I've been steaming past the Malvinas on the afternoon run
    With my comrades and my shipmates on the General Belgrano
    When a submarine torpedo hit us square and laid us low
    Where have you been Michael, where have you been this day
    I've been sailing past the Falklands in the grey mist and sea spray
    When the Exocet missile set our main deck all on fire
    HMS Sheffield has become my funeral pyre

    Where have you been Victor, where have you been my friend
    I've been flying over the task force, that's where I met my end
    When a Seawolf missile from their ships exploded in my head
    I'm officially listed 'missing', I am numbered with the dead
    Where have you been David, where have you been my son
    I've been bombing o'er Port Stanley, flying out of the sun
    When the anti-aircraft barrage set my Harrier ablaze
    I crashed into the clifftops in the afternoon haze

    What else was there to offer, tell me what else could they do
    The pay was good and the adverts said, We'll make a man of you
    Well they made men of them all right, men of blood and war
    And a meal to feed the fishes off the South Atlantic shore
    Argentina's on the rocks and running out of land
    Britain's assets slipping through her fingers like sand
    What better things to save them than these brave heroic deeds
    Fighting for a patch of brown which no one really needs

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1986:] [Some] thoughts on the Malvinas conflict - from the point of view of those who paid the price. (Kevin Littlewood, notes 'Valley Lights')

    For further notes see Company Policy;
    for 'General Belgrano' see Clive Ponting, The Right to Know (Sphere books, 1985)

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