Notes – Explanation

(Anti-) War song – overview
Verse 1: State recruiting for a war.
Chorus : New soldier’s euphoria.
Verse 2: Stationed troops become inwardly uncertain but
Chorus : remain outwardly full of bravado.
Verse 3: Reflection: Bring peace by delivering death all courtesy of state taxes.
Chorus : Battlecry.
Verse 4: Ambush and firefight.
Chorus : Battlecry
Bridge : Fighting leads to heartlessness and cynicism.
Chorus : … becoming a mantra.
Verse 5: Reflection: On what been through and
Chorus : mantra.
Verse 6: what war really is and that
Verse 7: a soldiers efforts are futile and not appreciated.

Uncle Sam wants you heroes,
Uncle Sam = U.S.(A.) “Uncle Sam wants you” (from J. M. Flagg’s 1917 WW I recruitment poster).
the Land of the free must fight its foes.
Hypocrytical: “Land of the free” has no choice and MUST fight
For democracy young GI Joes, will deal the blows.
Hypocrytical: Democracy … will deal the blows.
Always the Nations youth which fights wars.
GI Joes: Slang for ordinary USA soldier.
Brothers in arms in foreign climes.
Brothers in arms: General term for a group of fighting men and also a reference to the Dire Straits song of the same name, which was about the Falklands War (1982).
God knows where and fuck knows why! [/ and don’t ask why.]
Blasphemy/expletive emphasises the loneliness/helplessness.
We’re here because we’re here to fight.
We’re here because we’re here: Song sung by disillusioned WW I British troops expressing the futility of the war.
We’re here because we’re here to fight. Statement expressing purpose and belief in war.
We’re marchin’ in
Our battlecry.
we’re here to fight – our battlecry. (lead voice)
We’re marchin’ in – our battlecry. (backing/lead)
Help make the world a better/peaceful place:
Blow away some stranger’s fate/face/faith
Bring peace/democracy by destroying lives/beliefs.
fate/face/faith can/should be implied/variable.
all bought and paid for by the State and your tax rate [/ with the tax you pay.]
Public (tax) purse: No-one is innocent – everyone helps finance the States’s aggression.
ALPHA BRAVO! Lock ‘n’ load!
ALPHA BRAVO = Ambush (see Notes – Technical).
Lock ‘n’ load = Prepare weapon for use (see Notes – Technical).
Suppressing fire in the kill zone.
kill zone = target area (see Notes – Technical).
Head to head. Heads up! Fire! Fire in the hole!
Head to head. being in direct confrontation or opposition (see Notes – Technical).
Heads up! notice, pay attention, alert (see Notes – Technical).
Fire in the hole! warning called to comrades when initiating an explosive device (see Notes – Technical).
This military-jargon-crowded sentence tries to convey the frenetic bustling activity of combat.
Pineapple a day. Blow you away. So have a nice day, ‘cos we’re marchin’ in.
Pineapple a day. Blow you away. Distortion of the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Pineapple (WW II military slang: Hand grenade).
Ali Baba’s AWR. Call up TAC-AIR, ‘cos we’re marchin’ in.
Ali Baba: USMC slang for Arabic hoodlums (see Notes – Technical).
AWR: Allah’s Waiting Room. Slang reference to any dwelling or building that shelters Islamic opposition (see Notes – Technical).
TAC-AIR: TACtical AIR support – close (pin-point) air support (see Notes – Technical).
Screams of the wounded, cries of the dying, leave no man behind, ‘cos we’re marchin’ in.
leave no man behind – Rangers/Marine motto.
If I should die, think this of me: (He) who dares wins and we’re marchin’ I……..N.
“If I should die, think (only) this of me.” The Soldier – Rupert Brooke
(He) who dares wins. Motto of the British SAS.
Forever burned the horrors we saw:
Forever burned – bodies and the memories deeply ingrained.
Blood, death and pain; slaughter and gore;
the things we did, but all’s fair in war – yeah, (well) this is war.
All’s fair in (love and) war.
Piles of arms, limbs and dog-tags,
arms – also ordnance.
unmarked graves and body bags.
unmarked graves – usually on the battlefield. Synonymously the battlefields of WW I.
body bag – used to transport dead body.
Weighted coffins draped in (our) National flags.
Weighted coffin: When not enough of a soldier’s body can be recovered, the coffin is given additional weight (with stones).
draped in the National flag – as is tradition with a military funeral.
We’ve done our bit, the best we can,
for King and country, (for our) Uncle Sam.
Our leaders back home with blood on their hands: don’t give a damn.
World leaders, politicians and warmongerers through the ages readily let their youth bleed in battle.
Originally “Our leaders back home without a (fuckin’) plan:”, but that is akin to absolving them from their sins, which they knowingly and narcissistically persue.

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