Trained fighting, coordination
is that a better way for bunker soldiers
oh it's a nasty way to spend a war
along the beaches, the sandy seaside
enlisted bodies the ?
they never taught me how to fight like that
theatrics exercise is so compusive
it's not a better way but it's consensus
I'd give my life just to fight like you
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it's not a better way
so we here here to stay
we all do now I seem ok
There's a few of them
in strange directions
it's no use talking
it's it's no decisions
they give our houses to the refugees
the bloody ditches and sober days
sandy trences our alliance
it's kind of worth to hide unseen
the cocky uniforms are universal
your propaganda is losing out here
I'd give my life just to fight like you
I'd give my life just to fight like you
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it's not a better way
so we here here to stay
well now I seem ok



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Bunker Soldiers Lyrics as written by Paul David Humphreys Andrew Mc Cluskey

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    It's an interesting song about militarism and modern warfare in the 20th century. The song is however, written in a retrospective as this was written during a cold war, an era where the warfare described never really happened (save for a few conflicts).

    The bloody ditches, bunker soldiers, and trained bodies are all correspondent to the nature of the Pacific / European Theaters of WW2. I've seen translation differences where the line 'I'd give my life just to fight like you' is instead 'I'd give up rice fields to fight like you', which probably indicates this song talks about the Japanese Front of WW2. The 'It's not a better way, but it's a success' possibly describes how many military tactics during the first 2 world wars were successful but led to the loss of thousands for no reason.

    Many older OMD songs follow this same theme, talking about warfare or a vague notion about sacrificing oneself for a bigger cause. This is what defined their music in the early 1980s.

    BigChungus001on November 29, 2019   Link
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    There are a lot of errors in this transcription which seems to be the only version around. "Cocky uniforms"?

    ajpantson November 15, 2020   Link

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