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John Mcdermott - Christmas In The Trenches Lyrics

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  • Oh my name is francis tolliver, I come from liverpool
  • Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school
  • From belgium and to flanders, germany to here
  • I fought for king and country I love dear.
  • Twas christmas in the trenches and the frost so bitter hung
  • The frozen fields of france where still no christmas songs were sung
  • Our families back in england were toasting us that day
  • There brave and glorious lads so far away.
  • I was lying with my mess mates on the cold and rocky ground
  • When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound
  • Says I now listen up me boys, each soldier strained to hear
  • As one young german voice sang out so clear.
  • Hes singing bloody well you know, my partner says to me
  • Soon one by one each german voice joined in in harmony
  • The cannons rested silent and the gas cloud rolled no more
  • As christmas brought us respite from the war.
  • As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent
  • God rest ye merry gentlemen struck up some lads from kent
  • The next thing sang was stille nach tis silent night says i
  • And in two tongues one song filled up that sky
  • Theres someone coming towards us now the front line sentry said
  • All sights were fixed on one lone figure trudging from their side
  • His truce flag like a christmas star shone on the plane so bright
  • As he bravely trudged unarmed into the night.
  • Then one by one on either side, walked in to no mans land
  • With neither gun nor bayonet, we met there hand to hand
  • We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well
  • And in a flare lit football game we gave them hell.
  • We traded chocolates, cigarettes and photographs from home
  • These sons and father far away from families of their own
  • Ton sanders played the squeeze box and they had a violin
  • This curious and unlikely band of men.
  • Soon daylight stole upon us and france was france once more
  • With sad farewells we each began to settle back to war
  • But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night
  • Whose family have I fixed within my sights.
  • Twas christmas in the trenches and the frost so bitter hung
  • The frozen fields of france were warmed, the songs of peace were sung
  • For the walls theyd kept between us to exact the work of war
  • Had been crumbled and were gone forever more.
  • Oh my name is francis tolliver, from liverpool I dwell
  • Each christmas comes since world war I have learned its lesson well
  • For the one who calls the shots wont be among the dead and lame
  • And on each end of the rifle were the same

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