Song Lyric Sunday: Girls

Good morning fellow bloggers, I hope that your week has been kind to you and that you’re in tearing spirits and ready for Song Lyric Sunday. This musical challenge, brought to us by the lovely Helen is a great opportunity to share your favourite tracks, discover new music and hook up with other bloggers; why not give it a try?

If you’d like to have a go, here are some rules for you:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

It took me ages to think of a song this morning but I finally came up with one that takes me back to my angst ridden teenage years:

Armalite, street lights, nightsights
Searching the roofs for a sniper, a viper, a fighter
Death in the shadows he’ll maim you, he’ll wound you, he’ll kill you
For a long forgotten cause, on not so foreign shores
Boys baptised in wars
Morphine, chill scream, bad dream
Serving as numbers on dogtags, flakrags, sandbags
Your girl has married your best friend, loves end, poison pen
Your flesh will always creep, tossing turning sleep
The wounds that burn so deep

Your mother sits on the edge of the world
When the cameras start to roll
Panoramic viewpoint resurrect the killing fold
Your father drains another beer, he’s one of the few that cares
Crawling behind a Saracen’s hull from the safety of his living room chair
Forgotten sons, forgotten sons, forgotten sons

And so as I patrol in the valley of the shadow of the tricolour
I must fear evil, for I am but mortal and mortals can only die
Asking questions, pleading answers from the nameless faceless watchers
That stalk the carpeted corridors of Whitehall

Who orders desecration, mutilation, verbal masturbation
In the guarded bureaucratic wombs

Minister, minister care for your children, order them not into damnation
To eliminate those who would trespass against you
For whose is the kingdom, the power, the glory forever and ever, Amen
Halt who goes there, Death, approach friend

You’re just another coffin on its way down the emerald aisle
When your children’s stony glances mourn your death in a terrorist’s smile
The bomber’s arm placing fiery gifts on the supermarket shelves
Alley sings with shrapnel detonate a temporary hell
Forgotten Sons

From the dole queue to the regiment a profession in a flash
But remember Monday signings when from door to door you dash
On the news a nation mourns you unknown soldier, count the cost
For a second you’ll be famous, your medal posthumous

Forgotten sons, forgotten sons
Peace on earth and mercy mild, Mother Brown has lost her child
Just another Forgotten Son

Musically this won’t be for everyone and for me, to be honest, it was always more about the lyrics with this track and the sense of anger and bitterness that came with them. The song was written to protest the violence incited and carried out by the IRA and I found it be intelligent, poignant and powerful. It’s not everyone that can come up with the lyric:
“Who orders desecration, mutilation, verbal masturbation
In the guarded bureaucratic wombs”
and the lead singer, Fish, almost spits out some words whilst others are a caress. You’ll make up your own minds and I’m fairly sure that some of you won’t listen to the end but, in my opinion, it’s a brilliantly crafted protest song.
I’d be genuinely interested to know your thoughts..
Lisa x

  13 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday: Girls

  1. December 16, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I am probably the only person reading this who has actually crawled behind a Saracen’s hull for safety!!!! Never listened to this before. There is a little bit of angst there isn’t there? Well crafted as you say. The writer, strangely, had never been to Ireland. He says:

    “It’s written from the point of view of somebody who lives in Britain that’s aware of people in Britain that are fighting in Northern Ireland. It was affected by my cousin, who was in his last trip in Ireland and was hit by a brick during the riots and when we found out it had happened it was like the blood came through the TV set.

    Nobody gives a shit until Hyde Park, you know? The horses got more coverage than the bandsmen did, and I find that sick. It’s like the whole thing about peace these days where it’s a laughable word.”

    ….and, until very recently, they were taking ex soldiers to court for killing terrorists!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. December 16, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Very powerful. I have never heard this

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 16, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      It is isn’t it? Yeah I don’t think it’s one of their better known tracks


  3. December 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    The lyrics are deep and the performance great. Not real familiar with Marillion but they held the audience rapt.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. blindzanygirl
    December 17, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I love theatrical. I like the lyrics of this song actually. Great choice here

    Liked by 1 person

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