(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
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.