The Somme

Story Behind The Song

From the album 'Chums'. The first battle of the Somme. Harry, Billy Boy and Charlie face the horror and stark reality of war.

Song Length 6:16 Genre Folk - General, Folk - Traditional


The Somme

Soon the silence of the guns
Gave way to frantic activity
A steady walk boys, no-one runs
There'll be no enemy left to see
Take a stroll as if it's Sunday
Take the air
History will mark this one day
And we'll be there

Through the smoke and through the dust
We kept the line as we covered ground
Then one man turned and one man cussed
As came that all too familiar sound
The rhapsody of Satan's laughter
In our ears
Then bullets found what they were after
No time for tears

Tell the daughters, tell the wives
Tell the world what went on this day
Twenty thousand wasted lives
An army thrown into disarray
No time to grieve, no time for sorrow
Close your eyes
We'll do it all again tomorrow
Death and lies

I admire a great history song and this one is very well written and executed. I am not sure which battle it's describing, but it's original and hard-hitting, especially the reference to Satan laughing over the debacle and dead bodies. My favorite rhyme: dust/cussed. The melody, written in a minor key, suits the lyrics perfectly. The riffs played by the guitar are memorable. The guitar work gets 5 stars. Sounds fantastic.

Lyrics John Evans Music John Evans
Producer John Evans Performance John Evans
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