White crosses

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lyrics

I signed for country and king
And a railwayman’s I could bring
And I buried my brothers and half of my friends
Who answered the Cambridge calling
When it ended I married Marie Louise
And lived with her over the sea
We raised our children and I found work
Tending the graves of the fallen
From Dunkirk, to Ypres, to Peronne
Albert and Bapaume in the Somme
I spend my day, matching the names to white crosses

The nightmare of war soon returned
As an alien I was interned
Marie Louise walked halfway to Paris to see me
And oh how we longed for the peace
My children they hid where they stood
And our neighbours did all that could
And a French baker’s over is safer inside
Than the ones they would build in the east
From Dunkirk, to Ypres, to Peronne
Albert and Bapaume in the Somme
I spend my day, matching the names to white crosses

We moved home to Cambridge in 1961
I was tired and my days were almost done
You can dream of a world without graveyards or war
But others my work will continue for generations more

From Dunkirk, to Ypres, to Peronne
Albert and Bapaume in the Somme
I spend my day, matching the names to white crosses

credits

from The Hills of Arran, released November 5, 2015
Brian Harvey: Bass
Dawn Loombe: Accordion
John Meed: Guitar and vocals
Tara Westover: Harmony vocals
Rhys Wilson: Guitars and backing vocals

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