Kerri (solan_t) wrote,
Kerri
solan_t

The peculiar connections of the internet.

I was looking over the Jolly Roger's website and clicked on the link for Green Fields of France (Willie McBride) and found that it was originally entitled No Man's Land and it was written by Eric Bogle. Interesting, although I understand why the orginal title is mostly forgotten, but not much to really catch my attention for long. Then -


I saw that Eric Bogle also wrote And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

!!!!


That And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda? The one I learned with the rest of my year-mates in Australia to sing during Anzac Day festivities one year? Why, yes, that very song (although we learned only the first and last verses and either the tune was modified for untrained kid's voices or my memory has modified it to suit myself). Well. Wellwellwell.


A little more link following and searching and I decided to buy it from RealPlayer (since I have an account already). Ah, the nostalgia.

I'd copy and paste the lyrics, if I could find them. My memory of the lyrics and the one's I am currently listening to are slightly different (and then there are the verses I never learned).

On the other hand, if any one could help me find the writer of the other song we learned, I would be grateful.



Two Little Boys


Two little boys had two little toys
Each had a wooden horse
Gayly they played each summer's day
Warriors both, of course
One little chap then had a mishap
Broke off his horse's head
Wept for his toy, then cried for joy
When his young playmate said
Did you think I would leave you crying
When there's room on my horse for two?
Climb up here, Jack, we'll soon be flying
I can go just as fast with two.
When we grow up we'll both be soldiers
And our horses will not be toys
But I wonder if we'll remember
When we were two little boys?

Long years past, war came so fast
Bravely they marched away
Cannon roared loud and in the mad crowd
Wounded and dying lay
Up goes the shout, a horse dashes out
Out from the ranks so blue
Gallups away to were Joe lay
Then came a voice he knew
Did you think I would leave you dying
When there's room on my horse for two?
Climb up here, Joe, we'll soon be flying
I can go just as fast with two.
Did you say, Joe, I'm all atremble?
Well, perhaps it's the battle noise
But I think it's that I remember
When we were two little boys.

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