Fields of France reminded me of this John McCutcheon song Christmas in the Trenches. John
relates a story about meeting some veterans in Denmark who were involved in the Christmas truce (of 1914)and wanted to hear him sing the song.
I heard that after this truce which was kind of a spontaneous event on the battlefield the troups were forbidden to ever do that again. Bad for moral?
How can you shoot your enemy when you were buddies the night before??
Another extremely haunting song for me is from a Christian artist named Gary Chapman (former husband of Amy Grant). He's got a song called Sweet
Jesus about a bridge collapsing with people on it. A mother and a child fall into the river below. The mother doesn't make it, but an old man rescues
the child. Amazing song. I'm not even a Christian, but this is definitely haunting.
Here's a live version of it that's decent. The audio isn't that great. The studio version is better.
Holy cow...nothing is worse than Taps at a military funeral, followed by a rifle salute. I saw that at my grandfather's funeral. Someone played Taps
and then they did that rifle salute. All the while I was watching the face of one of his WWII buddies cry like a baby. It was unbelievably sad.
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