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The Red Blood of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest of World War I.  This song is written in the voice of a (fictional) British Soldier who survived that battle, only to find that it had followed him home and a new battle had begun.  To watch a multimedia presentation of an instrumental version of the song, with photographs and lyrics, click on this link: 

You can also download the sheet music (tenor, violin, and piano) at the bottom of this page.

As you can tell from the title, this is not a cheerful song.  While it's not particularly graphic, it does include images that are violent and sad.  So if you're feeling at all jagged or vulnerable, please don't read or listen to it now.  Plenty of time later.

The Red Blood of the Somme

Copyright 2010, Pamela Woll, all rights reserved
I keep my Janie's picture
In a pocket near my heart

And often try to see her eyes
Before the mortars start

And I must join the waves of men
Who crash upon the guns

And leave their broken bodies
By the red blood of the Somme

I walked with her in Winter
And I kissed her in the snow

And watched the colour leave her face
When I told her I must go

She promised she would wait for me
Until the war was done

Her words were all but washed away
In the red blood of the Somme

Pam Woll,
Jan 21, 2014, 10:28 AM