Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celtic Thunder: Christmas Day 1915


Celtic Thunder singing Christmas 1915.
Written by Cormac MacConnell

1915 on Christmas Day
On western front the guns all died away
And lying in the mud on bags of sand
We heard the German sing from no man's land
He had a tenor voice so pure and true
The words were strange but every note we knew
Soaring ore the living dead and dammed
The German sang of peace from no man's land

They left their trenches and we left ours
Beneath tin hats the smiles bloomed like wild flowers
With photos cigarettes and bottles of wine
We built a soldier's truce on the front line
Their singer was a lad of 21
We begged another song before the dawn
And sitting in the mud and blood and fear
He sang again the song all longed to hear

Silent night, no cannons roar
A king is born of peace for evermore
All's calm, all's bright
All brothers hand in hand
In 19 and 15 in no man's land

And in the morning all the guns boomed in the rain
And we killed them and they killed us again
At night they charged we fought them hand in hand
And I killed the boy that sang in no man's land

Silent night no cannons roar
A king is born of peace for evermore
All's calm, all's bright
All brothers hand in hand
And that young soldier sings
And the song of peace still rings
Though the captains and all the kings
Built no man's land

Sleeping in heavenly peace

1 comment:

Bounty Hunter said...

I'm glad you agree with me that this anti-war song, encouraging all men to seek peace despite the orders of the "Captains and the Kings", deserves a place on your site.

It would truly be a "holy night" if all men, regardless of heritage or culture or religion or race, would come together seek Peace instead of fighting over the minor differences between us.

Consider me a brother in your fight to put out the message.