We few, we happy few,
We band of brothers.
Within the crew the impatience grew,
We said farewell to our mothers.

Falling silently through the air,
Like deadly snowflakes.
We are here because we care
For humanity's sakes.

This is the night of nights,
To end the last resistance,
To end the fight of fights,
We are here to make a difference.

Avenging angels with parachutes as wings,
Its time to make the artillery sing.
A million men, that must suffice,
The game is afoot, we've cast the dice.
Those things that are precious are only saved
By sacrifice.


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Band of Brothers song meanings
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    General CommentThis song seems to obviously have been inspired by or at least share a common inspiration source with the HBO's 10-part series of same name, Band of Brothers. The series is about World War II, especially the Battle of Normandy, in 1944, which fits well within the song's lyrics - mentioning parachutes, artillery and all.
    The song may either be about the D-Day (June 6, 1944) itself, or about Operation Market Garden (which was an allied plan to end the war by Christmas 1944 but was a failure), or both. The "night of nights" was of course the d-day; but "to end the fight of fights" (WWII) was Market Garden's goal, and the "last resistance" would be the German troops over the Rhine river bridges which were of high strategic value.

    Anyway, besides the military theme, I just love the opening lines "we few, we happy few, we band of brothers", from Shakespeare's Hanry V, as they remind me of the importance of having solid friendships on which you can count, and of when Henry V says in his speech, "for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother".

    The melody is also great and fits perfectly with the lyrics. That's it!
    fbecklason July 18, 2007   Link

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