"1916" as written by and Ian Kilmister....
Sixteen years old when I went to the war,
To fight for a land fit for heroes,
God on my side, and a gun in my hand,
Chasing my days down to zero,
And I marched and I fought and I bled and I died,
And I never did get any older,
But I knew at the time that a year in the line,
Was a long enough life for a soldier,

We all volunteered, and we wrote down our names,
And we added two years to our ages,
Eager for life and ahead of the game,
Ready for history's pages,
And we brawled and we fought and we whored 'til we stood,
Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder,
A thirst for the Hun, we were food for the gun,
And that's what you are when you're soldiers,

I heard my friend cry, and he sank to his knees,
Coughing blood as he screamed for his mother,
And I fell by his side, and that's how we died,
Clinging like kids to each other,
And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood,
And I wept as his body grew colder,
And I called for my mother and she never came,
Though it wasn't my fault and I wasn't to blame,
The day not half over and ten thousand slain,
And now there's nobody remembers our names
And that's how it is for a soldier


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"1916" as written by Kaarle Viikate Ian Fraser Kilmister

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    General CommentThis song describes the terrifying reality of the battle of the Somme.Lemmy`s vocals are perfect.Sad,haunting,reflecting.It`s been played every ANZAC DAY in my house since the album was released.Thank you Lemmy.
    ssirrahon February 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment1916
    Damn how old is lemme?
    lostinmetalon December 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just love this song
    percussoron April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is brilliant, the lyrics are perfect
    IronHaloon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a young soldier believing all the propaganda his country gave him and like many people of the time went off to join the war, even though he was only 16 at the time he was eager to go to war. The soldiers were promised that if they won the war they would live in a land fit for heroes (although it wasnt like that but i wont go into it) which is where that line comes from. The Hun is the term often used then to describe the german army. i imagine the battle he is talking about is the battle of the Somme which took place in 1916 and thousands of British troops lost their lives as they went over the top and got cut down by enemy fire.

    amazing song, i bought the album for this song and i was not dissapointed with the song or the album
    the_name_is_andyon March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is different from any other motorhead song. It is interesting because lemmy still makes it sound like a motorhead song. It sounds like a ballad but it has a different element, it means something. It isn't just about a woman or anything in that matter. It is about a deeper subject that is worth listening. The song is about the reality of wars and how many, like the name is andy stated, bought into the propaganda they were given not realizing what was going on in the background. They weren't going to be heroes. They were pans in a battle that wasn't theirs. Truth hurts.
    PsykeZ555on January 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlemmy is 63(born 1945)
    satinsovenon April 28, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSounds like Mr. Kilmister is talking about a World War I soldier that has been forgotten to history.
    Engel97on May 06, 2014   Link

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