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Christmas In The Trenches ( a co-write by Bunny & Charles )
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 Posted: Fri Dec 6th, 2019 05:04 pm
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I'm not sure that Country is the real category to post this in, however the music more accoustic finger-picked on a classical and I wouldn't really call it pop either...so Country it is. Thanks so much to Charles for the co-write on this one...especially for the meticulous research done to make sure this one is correct.
If youre not familiar with the story, in short , the troops on all sides of WWI ( the war to end all wars ) called their own truce, even to the chagrin of the bureaucrats and politicians back home, at Christmastime in 1914, just 5 months after the beginning of the war. Please enjoy this, this Holiday Season, 105 years later.



Christmas In The Trenches

Verse/Chorus
Verse 1:
A lone voice sings Silent Night through the smoky Christmas mist
In a diff’rent tongue from across the lines a new voice enlists
A quarter moon peeps through the clouds as more voices join in
Soon a choir of soldiers sing that Carol in unison

Verse 2:
On one side a British voice sings along though seized in fear
Born in Eighteen ninety-five, a young man of nineteen years
A half-torn picture of his girl folded in his pocket
His half she kept safe at home securely in her locket

Pre-chorus 1:
Through the haze a foreign uniform approaches
With outstretched hands with cigarettes to exchange
Reluctant faces once thought of as encroachers
And Christmas greetings seem more natural than strange

Chorus:
Though we’re at war and know the woe of dropping our defenses
But we understand the common thread running through our nations
So we drop our arms, remove barbed wire and tear down some fences
And gather in fellowship and peace for a celebration
With our friendly foes on this day of Christmas in the trenches

Verse 3:
The smell of mud and men and war, hangs stagnant in the air
Troops on both sides venture slowly toward No Man’s Land with care
Share coffee, chocolate, ration tins, and there are some laughs
But knowing this, short lived peace now found, would soon be Christmas past

Verse 4:
They piece their way though impaired conversations through the night
And the common tales, despite diff’rent nations, come out right
By dawn's break soldiers are teaching their greetings, word by word
Fröhe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noel, Happy Christmas are heard

Chorus:
Though we’re at war and know the woe of dropping our defenses
But we understand the common thread running through our nations
So we drop our arms, remove barbed wire and tear down some fences
And gather in fellowship and peace for a celebration
With our friendly foes on this day of Christmas in the trenches

Coda:
As No Man’s Land clears from the celebration
A British boy holds his photo to his heart
He’ll resume a war of nation versus nation
Dreaming of the day they won’t be kept apart
He resets barbed wire and puts up the fences
Goes to the line of where he fought before
Picks up his arms and takes up defenses
And continues in the war to end all wars

© Copyright 2019 John Parrish and Charles M Anderson



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In the coda, I would leave out the word "kept" seems to help the meter.

SWJ

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In the code, I would leave out the word "kept" seems to help the meter.

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Man I'm getting tired of these damned double postings.



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I like the message. I think it could be trimmed a little bit but its good. Kind of a retake on Garth Brooks Belleau Wood. Take a listen if you’re not familiar.



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@ Joe. Thanks. Will do a read through with it in a bit. Looks like a good suggestion.

@ MP. Never heard the Garth song but am familiar with a few poems about Belleau Wood and of course the famous USMC quote. "Retreat Hell, we just got here." Will take a listen. One of the concepts I wanted to stress with this one is that the Christmas Truce was instigated and implemented by the SOLDIERS and not the Generals, Bureaucrats, Politicians, State leaders etc, who were by all accounts appalled that it happened at all. Left to their own devices, the troops decided, lets nave Christmas.



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