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Trace Adkins - Christmas In The Trenche Lyrics

  • My name is Francis Tolliver. I come from Liverpool.
  • Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school.
  • To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here,
  • I fought for King and country I love dear.
  • It was Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung.
  • The frozen field of France were still, no Christmas song was sung.
  • Our families back in England raise a glass to us that day,
  • Their brave and glorious lads so far away.
  • I was lyin' with my mess-mate 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.
  • "He's singin' bloddy well you know", my partner says to me.
  • Soon one by one each German voice joined in in harmony.
  • The cannons rested silent. The gas cloud rolled no more
  • As Christmas brought us respite from the war.
  • As soon as they were finished a reverent pause was spent.
  • 'God rest ye merry, gentlemen' struck up some lads from Kent.
  • The next they sang was 'Stille Nacht". "Tis 'Silent Night'" says I
  • And in two toungues one song filled up that sky.
  • "There's someone commin' towards us" the front-line sentry cried.
  • All sights were fixed on one lone soldier trudging from their side.
  • His flag of truce, like a Christmas star, shone on that plain so bright
  • As he bravely strode, unarmed, into the night.
  • Soon one by one on either side walked into no-mans-land
  • With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand.
  • We shared some secret brandy and wished each other well
  • And in a flare-lit football game we gave 'em hell.
  • 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 with
  • In my sights?"
  • It was Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung.
  • The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung.
  • For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war
  • Had been crumbled and were gone for ever more.
  • My name is Francis Tolliver. In Liverpool I dwell.
  • Each Christmas come since World War One I've learned it's lessons well.
  • That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame
  • And on each end of the rifle we're the same.

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