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Published on Jul 13, 2008
Your ratings and comments are welcome! In every war, it is the "grunts" - the boots on the ground, that pay the greatest share of the cost of battle. And it is the soldier who offers up the most fervent and sincere prayers for peace, because they know that the two "givens" of war are #1 - young men die, and #2 - nothing can change number one.
This is a video clip from John McDermott's live DVD "A Time to Remember" (2002), in which he sings a splendid rendition of John McCutcheon's song "Christmas in the Trenches" accompanied by some fine young actors on the stage. The song is about a true occurrence during the first Christmas of World War I in 1914. The First World War was perhaps the last "civilized" conflict of the modern era, in that the battles were mostly fought with "conventional" weapons and tactics (save for the use of poison gas), the number of civilian casualties was "relatively" small, and most of the battles were frontal assaults against uniformed opposing forces. At the end of the song, the most poignant lyric points out that "on each end of the rifle, we're the same" - a reference to the shared culture and religious beliefs of the two sides. This performance will bring a tear to the eyes of any veteran or family of a soldier.
"JOHN CHARLES McDERMOTT is a Canadian tenor best known for his rendition of "Danny Boy." Born the ninth of twelve children to Irish parents in Glasgow Scotland in 1955, John and his family moved to Canada in 1965. Growing up in a musical family, his only formal musical training was at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Ontario in 1971 and 1972."