"Remembrance Day" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
On your maypole green
See the winding Morris men
Angry Alfie bill and ken
Waving hankies sticks and books
All the earthen roofs

Standing at the crease
The batsman takes a look around
The boys are fielding on home ground
The steeple sharp against the blue
When I think of you

Sam and Andy
Jack and john
Charlie martin
Jamie Ron
Harry Stephen
Will and don
Matthew Michael

On and on

We will remember them
Remember them
Remember them

We will remember them
Remember them
Remember them

Time has slipped away
The summer sky to autumn yields
A haze of smoke across the fields
Let's sup and fight another round
And walk the stublbed ground

When November brings
The poppies on remembrance day
When the vicar comes to say
Lest we forget our sons

We will remember them
Remember them
Remember them

We will remember them
Remember them
Remember them

We will remember them
Remember them
Remember them

We will remember them
Remember them
Remember them


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"Remembrance Day" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentThis is of course about those lost in the First World War. The line "we will remember them" comes from a poem by Laurence Binyon called 'For The Fallen'. The most famous verse is:

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.


    I think the list of men's names - the village's cricket team is a neat, unmawkish way of showing the absolute devastation this war caused to the male population of villages across Britain.
    uffyon February 03, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningYou are absolutely right about the effect of the Great War on English neighborhoods. The effect was intensified by the British practice of forming territorial units. Every village has a war memorial.
    Some predate WWI, and many of them have added casualties from later wars. I think the list of names is supposed to be from the local war memorial "...on and on".

    The song's structure comes from how our experiences seem fixed, because the seasons circle around even as time slips away. The second verse is about the official commemoration; the first verse, speaks of remembering the fallen at May Day and in mid-summer.
    logomachonon September 29, 2010   Link

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