"Rebel Waltz" as written by Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon....
I slept and I dreamed of a time long ago
I saw an army of rebels, dancing on air
I dreamed as I slept, I could see the campfires,
A song of the battle, that was born in the flames,
And the rebels were waltzing on air.

I danced with a girl to the tune of a waltz
That was written to be danced on the battlefield
I danced to the tune of a voice of a girl
A voice that called "Stand till we fall
We stand till all the boys fall."

As we danced came the news that the war was not won
5 armies were coming, with carrige and gun
Through the heart of the camp
Swept the news from the front
A cloud crossed the moon, a child cried for food
We knew the war could not be won.

So we danced with a rifle, to the rhythm of the gun
In a glade through the trees I saw my only one
Then the earth seemed to rise hell hot as the sun
The soldiers were dying, there was tune to the sighing.
The song was an old rebel one.

As the smoke of our hopes rose high from the field
My eyes played tricks through the moon and the trees
I slept as I dreamed I saw the army rise
A voice began to call, stand till you fall
The tune was an old rebel one.

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"Rebel Waltz" as written by Paul Simonon Joe Strummer

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  • +1
    General Commentthis is gonna be my wedding music.
    if09on March 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is just about fighting in Revalutions(did i spell that right?). I like the last verse about the army rising again. I think thats about how the liberals and rebels always win. Social change always in the long terms go left. 40 hour week all people over a certain age 18 or there abouts get the vote etc.
    Also often in Revalutions people keep fighting like in Russia they revolted in 1905 lost then resulted in 1914 and won, the army rised. If people really care about what they're fighting for and people who are fighting against there own oppression care they will keep fighting till they all die.
    Cpt-Sensibleon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMaybe about the spanish civil war (?) - actually, i don't think really it's about it :)
    Hope somebody's got a better theory...

    Anyway, a great, great song.
    I'm disappointed there aren't more comments on it.
    Jean-Baptisteon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General Comment(by the way, there's an error in the lyrcis, it's "I danced to the *sound* of a voice of a girl", not "the tune". Ok, it's haggling :D )
    Jean-Baptisteon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt is "the tune"
    Soldier_of_Funkon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually it's "the song"
    Soldier_of_Funkon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the greatest songs ever the waltz was acctually composed by Fredrico Lorca a composer/playwrite who died in the spanish revolution under the revolutionary flag.
    Punker_Kenon December 19, 2005   Link

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