This video is several years old; I no longer hold the views expressed below.
This video is about Corporal Timothy P. Upham. At the beginning of the movie, he's still a young man. He hasn't seen battle yet, and hasn't "held a weapon since basic training, sir." By the end of the movie, he's changed into a warrior. He's now capable of things he wasn't just a few days before. He's grown up.
In my opinion, he is very much the 'minstrel boy' in the song. I think this song, "The Minstrel Boy" fit him very well. I also believe the song (in general) suits Saving Private Ryan more than it does Black Hawk Down.
This video took several weeks to make, not because it was difficult, but because I only found time to work on it every now and then. Still, I think it turned out very well.
The major dificulty was exporting it. I couldn't get a good quality version that was small enough (the file size, that is) to upload to YouTube. So this quality isn't the best, but that's because I had to lower it. Sorry it's so crappy. =[
I hope you enjoy it!
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
(Should) "Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"
The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's steel
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!
-- Song from BLACK HAWK DOWN
-- Footage from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
I do not own either the song or the footage. They are copy righted by their respective owners. This video was created for entertainment purposes only. No profit was made.