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Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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****Annotation added 24 Feb 2014: "In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish...

Hiptony2, I did not choose this song. Our student rock band decided to perform it live in front of the school. I do not know why they chose it. I was asked to provide background images while they played and I decided to try to make the message of remembrance as relevant as possible to the group of suburban middle school students who probably did not know much about Australia other than it has kangaroos. I understand how protective you feel about this song and it saddens me. Perhaps Bogle never intended his song to go beyond the borders of Australia, but its message is powerful, more powerful than the ugly close-mindedness and xenophobia that often leads to conflict and war. This is what I want students to learn about and to fight against. The ultimate power of Bogle's song is its ability not only to address a specific moment in time, but to also give a universal message to all people to not forget the lessons of the past. George Santayana (born in Spain) once said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I don't think he was referring only to the Spanish. We are one world whether you like it or not.
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+Stargazer Good on you, Stargazer.
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+Stargazer We buried ours and the turks buried theirs. The song is about a specific part of the first world war but the message behind the song can be applied to almost any conflict. Thanks for the upload mate.
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Not trying to be a wanker but I find it disrespectful having an Australian war song  with Canadian Soldiers.
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You are a wanker Joel. Canadians and Australians are from the same blood, we fought in the same wars from the Boer War up to todays fight in Iraq. They are our brothers and are entitled to use this song when ever they like. I worked with them in Afghan and my G-G-Grandfather was an Aussie soldier who took his last breath in a Canadian casualty clearing station in WW1 France. You offend me with how much of a cock you are.
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+Joel Price For someone who isn't trying to be a wanker you are doing a bloody fantastic job. Should we not use the last post on Anzac day since its originally british? Of course not.
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One of the greatest songs ever written
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Hiptony2, in case you haven't noticed, there are pictures of Australian soldiers at the beginning of the video. My only regret is that I did not properly credit the source. Unfortunately, you and I will never agree in our views. Luckily, we don't have to.
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This is a continuation of my reply to Hiptony2 (which was cut off below): George Santayana (born in Spain) once said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I don't think he was referring only to the Spanish. We are one world whether you like it or not.
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It's Saturday, 25th April, 2015 at 12.15pm.  About 6 hours and 100 years since our Ancestors first landed at Gallipoli.  I, like so many more, no doubt rose before dawn this morning to remember those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.  That we now have mutual respect with those who were our enemy back then, gives me hope that it can be so again.  We have to have hope, don't we?  With much respect.  Lest we forget.
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Dig163, thanks for clarifying the numbers. That was my mistake years ago not verifying the data source I used. I need to correct that information. All the best to you!
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No worries mate take care
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Hey +Stargazer don't feel bad about using the song. I'm Australian, and also former Australian Army. Its fine, all songs about the Anzacs or relating to the Anzacs are often Anti-war. Anzac Day and all our rememberence days are Anti-War, but Pro soldier. No body likes war, but we always remember the good brothers and sons we lost. It is the least we cab do. I think you did well with this, and if people are giving you flak for it, pay them no head. This video and song is very respectful, and while it is an Australian song, Australia doesn't have a monopoly on respect and rememberer. Be they Canadian, Australian or Turk, all soldiers bled, all soldiers died, all mothers and fathers lost sons.
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+tanksaresurelydelicious THANK YOU. The kind of mindless patriotism that criticises other people for using an "Australian song" is anathema to the attitudes I encountered as a child, talking to the Diggers at the RSL after the Dawn Service.
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Also, Australia and Canada both have something in common. Their role in war and peacekeeping has been downplayed a lot, although they both doubtlessly made impacts in their theaters of war
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dramoth64, thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it and it's good to know that people like hiptony2 are not in the majority.
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Mathew Clemence Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
+Shelf Warmer+Night Shade​ Shelf we should have posted this the other day.
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The Turks have won because Germany has supplied weapons and Officers :-)
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+OldEastGermany You are literally the biggest fuckwit this side of the universe. Even if Russia wasnt fighting you you would have lost because America had created a weapon capable of destroying your pathetic regime in mere seconds. Most German people are very friendly as of now so why would you open up your own wounds just to prove that you are an idiot and your country was controlled under the fear of a brutal dictator.
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Oh, and for the record, I actually like Germans. But seriously, what the fuck were you people thinking?
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Daryl Hunt Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
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Anthony Tobin Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
IN MEMORY OF ALL THE BRAVE SOLES WHO FOUGHT AT GALLIPOI. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
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instead of arguing about which country the song is about, why not listen to the message of it? Old men send the young out to fight, and one the come back "broken", they are forgotten, expect for the few days a year when they bring them out to "honour" them. ( i have relatives who fought in both world wars, korea and mu husband is one of  "broken"  who had to literally beg for help form his own government once he got home. Sadly, more of our soldiers ( Canada) committed suicide due to ptsd  after serving in the middle east, and our government cuts back funding for support services? Like the song says, "nobody cheers, they just stand and stare, then turn all their faces away"
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this song is a  reminder of the tragedy that all wars bring - no matter where, the young men who fight are  brothers fathers and uncles- bless them all and realise the price they paid for our ability to have free speech,
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I know this Is about Australia . However, I'm In the U.k. April 1915... My Grandfather  was there. He got shot in the cheek. The bullet got stuck there. . A Nurse called ,Edna. Nursed him back to health. They got married,, OH.. They are my Grand Parents... Still have photos of them.. So sad .. Gallipoli is still forgotten..
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Thank you for this ,it is a very powerful anti war song.
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No body has ever won a war ..no one ever learns war is just to help the banks make money as they fund both sides,,no one know war is to supports the military and equipment makers,,no one ever learns..
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Chris Rich Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
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Helly H Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago (edited)
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All I can share is a lovely song, and send my love to those who gave their souls and bodies for us  all. Thank you all, sorry it had to happen, Friends now to all auzzy newzealand and turks. our next struggle may also happen very close,  Unity will only defeat the extremists. 
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http://www.army.gov.au/Our-history/History-in-Focus/WWI-Gallipoli PLEASE read the correct (shortened) information here (about Suvla and which nationalities were at Gallipoli) Before arriving at Gallipoli, . . ."troops from Australia, New Zealand and the French colonies assembled with British forces on the Greek island of Lemnos" . . .   The ANZACS were landed at Gaba Tepe on the Aegean Coast - later called Anzac Cove . . . . The English later landed further north, at Suvla Bay to try to help the allied campaign from another direction When it was decided to evacuate Gallipoli AND SUVLA, it began from Suvla Bay. . . . . listen to the words in the song. Bogle didn't say the ANZACs were AT Suvla :)  . . . . and I, too, do not understand why a song about an Aussie icon (Waltzing Matilda) and Aussie war participation was appropriate to be used in a Canadian presentation: I would never use a national Canadian song in a tribute to Aussies . . . . but *shrug* each to their own :)
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Oswulf Cempa Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
A hundred years ago today.
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100 years ago on april 25 that the battle of gallipoli started. 
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a masterpiece of Eric Bogle....a sad song about a dark time ....
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Turkey and Turks will be forever friends of Australia and New Zealand
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ANZAC Day 2015. Always remembered, I salute all Commonwealth troops.
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Never heard this song by anyone else besides John Williamson in Australia.  Like this version and the video you have put together.
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It truly breaks my heart to think of the beautiful men who perished.
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One Small Planet Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
and the band played Waltzing Matilda Lest We Forget http://bit.ly/11Eo2Qs
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Gary Ray R Shared on Google+ · 5 months ago (edited)
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda On this Veterans Day, I usually write about my years in the Navy on Nuclear Submarines.  But today I want to post a little something different.   Veterans Day was once Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of the War to End All Wars, WWI. I ask that you take 7 minutes out of your busy day to watch this little video and listen to the accompanying song And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle The song was written to honor the Australian soldiers killed in the Battle of Gallipoli in WWI.  But it is more than that, much more "In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed." "We stopped to bury our slain, we buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs,   then we started all over again" We are starting all over again. Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
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Thanks for the insider information, mate.+Own private I dunno 
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+Gary Ray R It is great that this song has also become an international classic and many British and Irish and American artists have recorded it, because of course it says something universal about soldiers and their war experience. Of those versions, I recommend especially those of June Tabor and The Pogues. And for another  version with a full-blooded Scottish accent, the one by Skids.
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Lest we forget.
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All of you people upset about the pictures not being strictly Australian, or even the majority: You are part of the problem. The racism and prejudice that leads to wars like this are harbored by the "pride" and "nationalism" and other feelings of bigotry espoused by your arguments. This video does nothing but honor soldiers who go and fight for others. The song is specific. The problems are general. The pictures do the job intended. If your first instinct, after coming to hear this awesome song, is to start driving a wedge between human solidarity by complaining about particular aspects not being directly parallel with your narrow perspective, then your priorities need re-evaluated.
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4:11 on the truck illuminati confirmed
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Matthew Whyte Shared on Google+ · 2 weeks ago
Nothing to do with islam
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I know I'm late and I am sorry but Lest we forget!
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Nothing against Canada, but why weren't some Aussie troops shown as well. We are allies. It would be nice to see some of the other country's in there who fought as well.
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+Jenny Whitsed You're not very good at reading video descriptions, are you.
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there seems to be a lot of negativity in the comments here. Ive used this song for a few years now in a lesson for 16-19 year olds about protest music in my college in England, and the response is the same every year: silence. I don't think any other song explains with such elegance the futility of war as well as this, and passing this message onto to generations that will, hopefully, never have to go through what the soldiers of any country did is very important in any country. A lot of my students really don't know about what happened in the war and this song opens up that dialogue and helps them appreciate this and the first part of the lesson is spent dealing with what part Australia played in the war, the meaning of "waltzing matilda" and why this is an important part of the culture and lyrics. I usually deliver this lesson to tie in with remembrance day in November, and this week we revisited it to tie in with ANZAC day. its good that this song, and others, are there for anyone, especially younger people, to hear and learn from, from any part of the world.
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Thanks ... I don't mind if Canada uses this song - it is the message that matters...
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I'm sorry but this is an Australian song about a band playing an even more Australian song and you make a video about CANADA?
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+HipTony2 You're the one that likes Mary.
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one of the Greatest songs ever sung yet there was a woman that was as great as Eric yet even greater at it. but i cant find her nowadays? make no mistake song by her was like seeing the memorial in Sydney with her lost sons... why cant i find her?
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It's a bit strange having Canadian troops to an Australian war song but the message is universal.
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rob brooks Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
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Lest We Forget the ANZAC Spirit
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Actually, it was originally written to criticise Anzac Day, but it captured the feel of the day perfectly so it became very popular.
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As an Australian, I was surprised to see the Canadian references in this video.  Having read your explanation, it does make sense.  They are universal themes.  The other great Australian anti war song is I was only 19.  That has universal themes too.  Nice video.
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mate -- well done with the visuals. be proud of what youve done -- just as we are proud of what they gave up
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:(  yep, this is sad Gallipoli song..,..sad for both Turks and Australin´´s´  ....or just a song...no....
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Australia never served at Suvla that was the British
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+Greg Williams Bogle readily admits that he put that in there just as an 'easier rhyme' for the song.
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ANZAC 2015  Listen to the song - remember the history - carpers and bogans forget your bullshit - people die in wars and those proud wounded soldiers from anywhere return to those who have no bloody idea - pull your heads in - Lest We Forget
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@Jane Satan Rakali. Well, aren't you edgy.  Shut your useless mouth and have some damn respect for once in your life.
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Respect for what, the interests of multinational corporations? If anyone gave a rat's arse about the people who died in war, we wouldn't be making war. It was completely unnecessary. Except to keep the rich mill owners in power. If you choose to support them and the status quo, by all means bow down. But you have no grounds to hang shit on those who call this out for what it is.
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+Syburi Respect for the thousands of young men who have died in war, fighting for their countries (what "multinational corporations" set off ww1? How about ww2? How about Korea, Vietnam, Granada,,,).   You dipshit hippies think you know so much, yet you don't even have the basic decency and respect to let dead men rest in peace.  I don't need to hang shit on you -- you've festooned yourself liberally already.
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John Harvey Shared on Google+ · 2 weeks ago
Take a look at this video on YouTube:
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My grandfather and his uncle and his dad, his grandfather was dead in Gelibolu(Gallipoli). Dear my Australian, New Zelland, French, English brother sometimes i need my grandfather's love... Like you...
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Thanks for posting this. A 4th generation soldier.
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not the latest girls , she was an old Irish lady ..
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James Lenzo Shared on Google+ · 1 month ago (edited)
The centenary of the Gallipoli campaign is coming up and still we don't learn.
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god bless and thank you any ANZAC or VEITNAM VET for the sacrifices u made for us all...i will and am proud to stand for u on your behalf on ANZAC DAY ...least i can do ...LEST WE FORGET.....
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Some people are so blinded by details that are, ultimately, inconsequential, that they miss the really important point.  War is horrific.  Pardon my bluntness, but a dead soldier is a dead soldier.  It no longer matters what his/her creed, color, or nationality might be.  In the grave he/she is way beyond this kind of petty ego-tripping.
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50,000 Australian soldiers DID NOT die in the Battle for Gallipoli as it says in the introduction... The exact figure for the entire Gallipoli Campaign was 8,141 Australian fatalities... Have some respect for those that did die by at least getting you facts straight...
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+iPadMcSalad Hey numbnuts...  Do a miniscule amount of research on the subject before you go embarrassing yourself... The figure was EXACTLY 8,141 dead in the Gallipoli campaign... Not 50,000... And if you can read, you'll find that we're talking about GALLIPOLI not the entire WW1... There's always one intellectual cripple that cant keep up, eh folks...?
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+Eddie Zedd I think the number of Australian killed is some where between 8000 and 9000. Sadly we will never know the exact number killed.
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“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” Jose Narosky
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I am Australian and this song was written about an Australian soldier, but Eric Bogles music is for  every soldier, every family that lost loved ones. I think that we as Aussies have such a deep burning pride about our Anzac history you have to treat carefully in that territory. The Green Fields of France is another of Erics most beautiful songs and made famous by the Irish Band the fureys (who personally I believe do a better version) and do Erics song justice. The songs are Australian written for the whole world, they are actually songs about peace, the senselessness of war. And these are messages the whole world can benefit from... just my two cents worth.
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A strange video of militarism to one of the greatest anti-war songs of last century. It's almost like the person who put it together didn't listen to the lyrics at all.
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+Bridgett McDonald I guess I took the part of the song where the old man looks at the ANZAC day parade and asks himself "what are they marching for" to indicate his contempt for all thing military; it having left him a legless cripple and all...
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Oh I agree with you that he was indeed asking that. But I also wonder if he was indicating the idea that once the WW1 diggers are all gone (as they all are now), the younger generations won't understand the importance of the occasion.
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but what ever happen to that irish sounding chick? she whas great too
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May my Canadian brothers and sisters have a safe homecoming pronto.  And thank you for a lovely presentation of this specialo song.
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Beautiful tune........
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The Anzacs had no idea about why they were there Gallipoli. They were just seeking adventure.But today our graves are next to each other. I hope either Turkish people or Australia and New Zelland will never live same thing..
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I wish you dickheads would listen to the song instead of waving your cocks around, maybe then we wouldnt have deified men who were just that, men. Never take pride in their deaths because its nothing to be proud of.
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100 years today God bless all people but especially them bloody brave ANZAC s
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Very moving song. My great-great-grandfather is resting on a battlefield somewhere in France. He was lost in the Argonne Forest during WWI. I hope he has a shady spot. Eric Bogle is a wonderful songwriter. I wish I could meet him and thank him for paying tribute to all the young men who lost their lives in the horrors of the trenches.
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thank you. I am an Australian and about to teach a unit on Australia (history and geography) to primary school students in Egypt. I wanted to play them this song.as one of our significant Australian songs (as a contrast to Waltzing Matilda and Advance Australia Fair, and Great Southern Land) and I will be showing them your video. Like many people who are pacifists, I cannot separate myself from a family history connected to the various wars Australia fought in. Finding a way to respect what the people who fought did and at the same time as saying "It should not happen again", is never easy. This song does it better than I ever could. In return I'd like to share this Mystery of the Australian soldier in Cairo, 1914.   http://siwasoul.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/mystery-of-the-australian-soldier-in-cairo-1914/ 
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Matthew Whyte Shared on Google+ · 2 weeks ago
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Thankyou. I love this song,.
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What an amazing song...so beautiful, such a salute to brave soldiers, and hopefully sobering thoughts against new wars! The video photographs were thought provoking...as they should be...no matter what wars from which they originated. I salute the creator of this video! Wish everyone on our Earth home could view this!
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Lest we forget australian soldiers
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https://youtu.be/U7LAo9klSRkThis version of of I was only 19 will bring a lump to your throat
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I seem to recall a verse that rants against Churchill's decision of fighting the Battle of Gallipoli. Is that a different version of this song, or is that a different song altogether?
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+Pyre001 Apparently Bogle originally had 3 more verses, but he pared it down to the song you hear here. I think I heard somewhere that he turned those verses into another song. Not sure.
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"The Great War" was fought solely for greed and imperial glory.  Nothing positive came of it, ten million young men ended each others' lives for no reason, because there was no moral difference between any one empire and any other.  The Germans, the Russians, the French, The Austro-Hungarians, and the British were all equally towers of arrogance built on the blood and bones of the many for the good of the privileged few.  Nothing would be worse today if that war had not been fought, and nothing was better because one group of emperors defeated another group of them. It was a dead loss in the literal sense, and all it gave us was the rise of Stalin and Hitler.  It was good that Hitler was defeated(although his defeat was too late to matter when it did come, because he had achieved his goal of a Judenrein Europe)but that "good war" was only necessary because the Great Men of 1914-1918 started the pointless war that gave Hitler his chance.  Without World War I, World War II and the Holocaust would never have happened and, most likely, without it the Soviet Union would not have been isolated...a non-isolated Soviet Union would never have degenerated into Stalinism, because it was only isolation that gave Stalin his chance.   May we learn, and may the world realize that war is futile and serves only the rich and the makers of armaments.
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Saying it was fought solely for greed and imperial glory gives the politicians too much credit.  It began out of stupidity and was continued in the name of pride and ignorance.  Seriously, it all started from what should have been a minor assassination spiraling out of control due to cascading alliances.  All it would have taken was ONE world leader to realize how insane the situation was, and it would've stopped.  The only reasons it lasted as long as it did was the classic, naive belief that victory is near, and the leader's fear of injuring their pride.  And as you said, WW2 only happened because of WW1.  The same world leaders who were too stupid and stubborn to prevent WW1 completely botched the treaty that finally ended it by punishing Germany.  Germany was no more to blame than any of the other major powers, and yet they were punished harshly.  Of the 440 clauses in the Treaty of Versaille, 414 explicitly punish Germany. World War 1 is truly the saddest event in human history.
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I dont know which story is true. But I can say that check about Andrew Barton Paterson's Waltzing Matilda poem at 1895... After all the fact is, we and you and you and they lost many innocent soldier, people, souls. Past is full of mistakes. Yes! We deffend our lands, maybe you all too. You dont need to be angry. The Men who were at top of that armies need to be shame... We are sorry for all your and our lost. They all were heroes. We need to make their souls happy to make "PEACE"... R.I.P. Heroes...
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this song is a real chin wobbler.....stand easy soldier...
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By the way... I sent Eric Bogle a message via his website once and replied within 24 hours... why don't you email and ask him yourself :-)
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why is the film clip Canadian while the song is Australian????? fuckin canadia stole straya
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Anton de Lange Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning  We will remember them. Lest We Forget - 1915 - 2015
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