"Army Dreamers" as written by and Kate Bush....
(B.F.P.O.)
(Army dreamers)
(Mammy's hero)
(B.F.P.O.)
(Mammy's hero)

Our little army boy
Is coming home from B.F.P.O.
I've a bunch of purple flowers
To decorate to mammy's hero

Mourning in the aerodrome
The weather warmer, he is colder
Four men in uniform
To carry home my little soldier

(What could he do)
(Should have been a rock star)
But he didn't have the money for a guitar
(What could he do)
(Should have been a politician)
But he never had a proper education
(What could he do)
(Should have been a father)
But he never even made it to his twenties
What a waste
Army dreamers
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers

Tears o'er a tin box
Oh, Jesus Christ, he wasn't to know
Like a chicken with a fox
He couldn't win the war with ego

Give the kid the pick of pips
And give him all your stripes and ribbons
Now he's sitting in his hole
He might as well have buttons and bows

(What could he do)
(Should have been a rock star)
But he didn't have the money for a guitar
(What could he do)
(Should have been a politician)
But he never had a proper education
(What could he do)
(Should have been a father)
But he never even made it to his twenties
What a waste
Army dreamers
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers
Ooh, what a waste of all that
Army dreamers
Army dreamers
Army dreamers, oh


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"Army Dreamers" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +2
    General CommentIf there's a controversial song by Kate, this is it. The Irish lilt in her voice and the celtic-esque guitar line got her criticised for implying this song was about Northern Ireland.
    Kate replied that it was a song designed to be relevant to all conflicts which take young lives.
    mozza_fanon May 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits like the old joke isnt it - to join the army is to travel to fascinating places, meet fascinating people, and kill them.
    ophelia-complexon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first thing I thought of with this one is how young me n go into the army expecting it to be glamorous, believing so much in what theyre doing, feeling full of pride and ego, they find out different.
    me4now777on January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about a young man who joined the army probably because he had no hope of any other work and is killed. The vision of his mourning mother waiting in an aerodrome for her sons body is quite striking. To me this reminds me of all those poor boys and men killed in Northern Ireland, fighting in a brutal and nasty conflict...Or perhaps in the more recent war in the Gulf..
    fortunate_boyon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn ode to the grieving parents of a deceased young war hero
    CuteSparkinaon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would say it's about certain young men who only join the army because they have no other opportunities in life as they grew up poverty. No doubt they are keen to 'see the world' but really they are pawns to the politicians and generals who send them to wars. They know little about the situation in which they find themselves - the chicken with the fox. They don't stand much chance. It's waste when people killed in wars which they have little, if any, say - and - if they really should have had the opportunity to chose a path more appropriate to their dreams. It's shame that wars should only be fought by those who clamber for such conflict.
    GaffaUKon February 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd rather be sailing...
    somnianson October 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"Our little army boy is coming home from B.F.P.O..."
    B.F.P.O stands for British Forces Post Office. This line represents how little people actually know about their loved ones lives within the armed forces. He wasn't coming home from a place, he was coming home from a mailing address.
    This is a subversive song in that it suggests that there is no point in going into the army, as Kate sings: "What a waste". It suggests that the medals won for bravery and valour have no more significance than buttons and bow, and are merely shows of ego.
    The mother singing in this song has, even in the face of her son's death, a critical view of her child's acheivements and life choices (i.e. entering the army rather than attempting fame through music or politics), instead of being proud of him.
    gothchick74on March 14, 2011   Link

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