The song commemorates an event that took place in Wiltshire on 1st July 1985. The Peace Convoy, a convoy of vehicles operated and occupied by New Age Travellers, was approaching the ancient monument of Stonehenge,...
I thought I heard someone calling me
I've seen the pictures on TV
And I made up my mind that I would go and see
With my own eyes

It didn't take too long to hitch a ride
With a guy going south to start a new life
Past the place where my friend died
Two years ago

Down the 303 at the end of the road
Flashing lights - exclusion zones
And it made me think it's not just the stones
That they're guarding

Hey, hey, can't you see
There's nothing here that you can call free
They're getting their kicks
Laughing at you an me

As the sun rose on the Beanfield
They came like wolf on the fold
And they didn't give a warning
They took their bloody toll

I see a pregnant woman
Lying in blood of her own
I see her children crying
As the police tore apart her home

And no they didn't need a reason
It's what your votes condone
It seems they were committing treason
By trying to live on the road

As the sun rose on the Beanfield
They came like wolf on the fold
And they didn't give a warning
They took their bloody toll

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"Battle of the Beanfield" as written by Jeremy James Charles Kenton Chadwick

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  • +2
    General Commentp.s: the levellers rule!
    Tom_999on May 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song rocks. Its about when at stonehenge, close to where a festival would take place, a bunch of bored policeofficers decided to keep "order" amongst a group of hippies by beating that brutally to a pulp. It explains how people are unfairly treated in this world by the b*****ds who govern them. "Its what your votes condone." Nice to know you live in a free country, eh?
    Tom_999on May 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah they were traveling up for the solstice, but rather than ask them to not travel through private property the police treated the travelers like animals, stealing, rapeing etc. not nice. they played it at glastonbury this year - 'this is a story from 20 years ago when some people tried to visit some stones not far from here'
    mimison August 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe levellers do, indeed, rule; however this song appears to be inciting hatred (it's clearer on the album) and that can surely never be a good thing. Any thoughts?

    In fact there's lots to debate here -what else were/are they guarding? Can society function without a police force? is voting for self-serving politicians in a democratic system a bad thing given that a better way has yet to be demonstrated?
    ShineYouDiamondon December 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think any collective who is needlessly violent and drives people from their homes, killing innocents without giving reason deserves to have hatred incited towards them.
    big bearon November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother shamefull moment in our history.
    andy78on August 01, 2015   Link

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