Monday, May 28, 2012

Willie McBride

I find it hard to watch this video, as the singer emotes so intensely that it's kind of overwhelming. I sometimes play it in the background, though, as her vocals are wonderfully expressive, and "Green Fields of France" / "No Man's Land" / "Willie McBride" is an awesome song.  The "again and again and again and again" of the last verse always makes me shiver.  And World War I is an awesome historical background for an antiwar song.

Anyway, I hope you had a memorable Memorial Day!  And not in any way involving brutal trench warfare.


Rashad said...

Found some interesting history on the song. I wonder if it is the oldest song still in popular circulation?

Neil Sinhababu said...

Wow! I didn't know all the history.

Johanna said...

Guess my comment didn't go through -- just wanted to share a little bit more Memorial Day music. Mine's always ANZAC related: I Was Only 19 by Redgum and And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle.