perhaps they were too scared to run
perhaps they didn't know any better
that is possible, they were so innocent
those farm boys and mechanics
you only have to look at old pictures
to see how they smile
perhaps they were too shy
to walk out on anybody, even death
perhaps their only motivation
was a stubborn disinclination

private macnally thinking
"you squarehead sons of bitches,
you want this goddamned trench
you're going to have to take it away,
from billy macnally
of the south end of st. john, new brunswick

and that's ridiculous too,
and nothing on which too found a country
still, it makes me feel good
knowing that in some obscure way
they were connected with me
and me with them

Lyrics submitted by Wester13

Part of a Poem by Alden Nowlan Called Ypres: 1915 song meanings
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