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William

  • (Leon Rosselson)

    William was a little boy
    Was his parents' pride and joy
    They loved him as only parents can
    Teach him to be brave and strong
    Teach him to know right from wrong
    So he'd grow to be a fine man
    William was as good as gold
    Always did what he was told
    Though he was just a child he understood
    He knew that good boys never cried
    Knew that good boys never lied
    Knew that he must do the best he could

    And so William always tried to be
    A credit to the family
    Always tried to hide his shameful fears
    But sometimes when the light grew dim
    Dreams and shadows frightened him
    In his mother's arms he'd hide his tears
    So father took the boy aside
    Said, Son, there's nowhere you can hide
    You won't win life's battles if you run
    So face your fears, stand and fight
    Dreams and shadows cannot bite
    And I won't have a coward for a son

    William's father told his wife
    The boy must choose a path in life
    An actor, William said, I'd like to be
    His Dad said primly, He could do
    Anything he wanted to
    We'll love you still, said Ma, reproachfully
    So when William saw the grief he caused
    William turned and William paused
    Couldn't hurt them after all they'd done
    And so with everyone's consent
    William joined the Regiment
    See him with his uniform and gun

    In distant France the final act
    Begins when Will's patrol attacked
    Cannons roar and terror chills the bone
    Outnumbered by ten to one
    All the soldiers turned to run
    All except for William, turned to stone
    He felt the old familiar fears
    Heard his mother's grief and tears
    Saw his father overcome with shame
    And remembering what he's been taught
    William stood, William fought
    And died to save the family name

    William for his gallantry
    Received a posthumous VC
    Ma and Pa are overcome with pride
    And so we leave them there alone
    Carve these words upon a stone
    William lived for love, for love he died

    William was a little boy
    Was his parents' pride and joy
    They loved him as only parents can
    Teach him to be brave and strong
    Teach him to know right from wrong
    So he'd grow to be a fine man

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

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