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Well how do you do, young Willy McBride,
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside,
And rest for a while 'neath the warm summer sun,
I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done.

I see by your gravestone you were only 19,
When you joined the great fallen in 1916.
Well I hope you died quick, and I hope you died clean.
Or Willy McBride, was it slow and obscene?

[Chorus:]
Did they beat the drums slowly,
Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post" and chorus?
Did the pipes play the "Flowers of the Forest"?

Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind,
In some faithful heart, is your memory in shrine?
And though you died back in 1916,
In that faithful heart, you're forever 19.

Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Enclosed forever behind a glass pane.
In an old photograph, torn and battered and stained,
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame.

[Chorus]

Now Willy McBride, I can't help wondering why
Do those who lie here know why they died.
Did they really believe when they answered the cause,
Did they really believe that this war would end wars?

But the sorrow, the sufferin', the glory, the pain
The killing and dying were all done in vain.
But, Willy McBride, it all happened again, and again, and again, and again, and again.

[Chorus]

Did the pipes play the "Flowers of the Forest"?



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    UnregisteredJun 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    A young man goes to battle for the life of his country men, to fight in the war to end all wars. Does he know why he fought? Does he know that war would lead to others as others have for the past thousand years? Does he have family waiting for him home? Or has he joined the war as a way into the hands of death? Does the man by the grave stone really understand the actions of willie mcbride or is he, like others before him questioning the act of war, the loss of life, the pain left behind.
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    UnregisteredApr 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    They are talking about a young boy who marched out into battle and he dies. And a person comes and visets his grave and is wandering what is death was like. They also wander who the boy was
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    UnregisteredFeb 11, 2012 at 3:02 am
    This song reminds me of my dad - he loved the furey's who sang this song (amongst many other fantastic irish songs). I feel privledged to introduce it to my husband and daughter as a great part of our heritedge!
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    pawfarrSep 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm
    A sincere graveside meditation where a young soldier is buried; reflecting on what it was like at that fateful time? A lyical picture of the truth of war.
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    flutist44Mar 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    Love this song! The guys do a really good job of it, too. It's a pretty self-explanatory song... They're talking to Willie McBride who died in 1916...

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