"The Colour of the Earth" as written by and Polly / Harvey....
Louis was my dearest friend
Fighting in the ANZAC trench
Louis ran forward from the line
I never saw him again
Later in the dark
I thought I heard Louis' voice
Calling for his mother, then me
But I couldn't get to him
He's still up on that hill
Twenty years on that hill
Nothing more than a pile of bones
But I think of him still
If I was asked I'd tell
The color of the earth that day
It was dull and browny red
The color of blood, I'd say

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"The Colour of the Earth" as written by Polly Harvey

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  • +2
    Song MeaningANZAC = Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which likely means this is about the fighting in Gallipoli in World War I. A simple song about a soldier haunted by the memory of losing his friend and being unable to save him or recover his body.
    rickterpon April 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOne of about 4 songs on this album making reference to the battle at Gallipoli in WWI. Amazingly simple yet powerful song, could easily have been written by a soldier. The simplicity of the backing and lyrics makes my eyes well up.
    hanginginthewireon May 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think Bluey is the correct name - no Anzac would have been called "Louis"- are you kidding me?
    SuzyJunkyon October 15, 2013   Link

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