I am the only one that got through
The others died where ever they fell
It was an ambush
They came up from all sides
Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves
I've seen devils coming up from the ground
I've seen hell upon this earth
The next will be chemical but they will never learn


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Harry Patch (In Memory Of) song meanings
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    General CommentThis is obviously a song about the memory of Harry Patch the last remaining survivor of WWI who recently died. Just heard this for the first time today and It is absolutely beautiful. I feel like this should be heard with the falling of snowflakes. Thats just me though.
    jimiyorkeon August 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe cool thing about these lyrics is that they are all quotes from Harry Patch himself.
    nickreichon August 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe string section in this is amazing. The lyrics really describe the agony of war well, the song is quite harrowing overall.

    Very beautiful.
    tcaporaleon August 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commenta note on the track from Thom:

    "Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111.
    I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4.
    The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me.
    It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death.
    It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny.
    I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor.

    It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us.
    I hope we do not forget.

    As Harry himself said
    "Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims"."
    xerceson September 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves" There are so many things within this phrase. Its so easy for a leader to start a war when its not them the ones out there holding a gun afraid of leaving their kids orhpans.

    And I agree, this song is special because the lyrics are all quotes from Harry Patch himself, its like a way for Radiohead to show how much respect they have for every word he said.

    Beautiful strings, by the way.
    srshon August 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI actually wasn't aware Radiohead quoted Harry Patch himself until after I'd first heard it. If anything, that makes it all the more chilling and touching.
    Pilot Erroron September 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti didn't know that harry patch was directly quoted in the song... it makes it twice as beautiful now. a very prophetic man, even in his latest years.
    xerceson September 15, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's hard to believe our country's leaders would put men like Harry through such a horrible thing as that war (or any war), for such a pointless cause.

    I cannot even begin to fathom what that generation went through.

    RIP Harry Patch. The 'last Tommy'.
    degree7on September 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's the best thing Radiohead have done for years. Beautiful and sorrowful. My History teacher at school knew one of the "old contemptibles". That generation has finally gone.
    matthewsheffieldon November 12, 2011   Link

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