"Bombers Bay" as written by and Leslie Thomas/mcculloch Pattinson....
The word went round
In no dream town
They shut us up
And the shutters down
The planes flew in
And laid the ground
We built upon
And spun around
God's one miracle
Lost in circles

[Chorus:]
On the march
Berlin to Bombers Bay
Traveling dark
On the roads to Mandalay

Cannon fire
Came to call
Stood us up
And watched us fall
The way we were
And now outworn
Our costumes changed
To uniforms
Black black days
Here to stay

On the march
Madrid to Bombers Bay
Traveling dark
On the road to Mandalay

Pack up the troubles and you'll all get by
Smile boys that's the style
Pack up your troubles and you'll all get by
Smile

They give us hope
And teach us well
With magic moons
That cast a spell
And hypnotize
And draw us in
I believe
I'm believing
God's one miracle
Moves in circles

On the march
Berlin to Bombers Bay
Traveling dark
On the road

[Chorus]

Black black days
Where the flying fishes play
(x4)


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"Bombers Bay" as written by Ian Stephen Mcculloch Leslie Thomas Pattinson

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    General CommentNot sure of the meaning, but it's a happy sounding song with not so happy lyrics.
    monster36604on January 21, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about the British experience in World War II. Berlin to Bomber's Bay (Bombay, India). Mandalay is in Burma, which was the scene of the British contribution to the Pacific War.
    Bulgaroktonoson August 16, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIan McCullough himself said that it's about beauty in the face of war, but also qualified that with, "I don't know what it's about."

    There are some literary and historical call-outs:
    "Road to Mandalay" is present in the opening of a 1890 poem by Rudyard Kipling about the British occupation of and wars in Burma.
    "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag" is a 1915 British WWI marching song.
    "Bombers Bay" refers to the bomb bay of a plane; the UK had many bombing campaigns in World War Two, including one very unsuccessful one targeting Berlin.
    Madrid last saw action by British forces during the Peninsula Campaign of the Napoleonic Wars.

    A consistent theme here is the heroism of the British troops in various wars from 1808 to 1945. It certainly is beautiful, in lyrics and melody. For whatever McCullough finds vague about it, there is a recurring fond celebration of British forces throughout the years.
    rikdadon September 19, 2017   Link

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