What’s A Few Men

I’ve been reading Carolyn’s article/post of, doesitevenmatter, about “More Than A Few Good Men”, it is a truly lovely read. Her words inspired me to post this song by an Australian group, Hunters And collectors, called “What’s A Few Men”

Hunters & Collectors Lyrics

“What’s A Few Men?”

The colonel said “these bodies stink wont someone come and drag them away”
we try to clean them up but they mow us down
and the English colonel looks the other way
oh the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
well I ran for the trench but I had no time to speak
well my heart said yes
but my head said no
when the English colonel said “its time to go”

He said “Whats a few men?”
He said “Whats a few men?”
He said “Whats a few men?”

The colonel’s job is never done
So he declares timeout on Christmas Day
We held the enemy in our arms
and we ploughed each others dead into the clay
well the Lord said death will be no longer
and all of these things will pass away
there will be no sorrow and there will be no pain
and we’ll swap cigarettes on Christmas day

well my heart said yes
but my head said no
when the English colonel said “its time to go”

He said “Whats a few men?”
He said “Whats a few men?”
He said “Whats a few men?”

Ivor Steven (c)  2018

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

24 thoughts on “What’s A Few Men”

  1. War … What is good for?
    Killing many good men.
    In these days of long range
    drone, women & children too.

    Ivor, I once found myself
    in Mark Seymour’s house,
    somewhere in Elsternwick,
    admiring his artwork. He’s
    not just a rocking musician,
    but an accomplished artist.

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  2. What a powerful, poignant song. Yes, I have tears in my eyes.
    And their voices are so beautiful they will linger in my ears and in my heart.
    Thank you for sharing this song with me, Ivor!
    PS…How are you feeling today?

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    1. Hi Carolyn, I’m slowly recovering day by day, and how are you today. And yes the song is a powerful one. The group Hunters And Collectors have disbanded, but the lead singer and song writer Mark Seymour is still performing…. I’ll find you another one of their classic songs.

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  3. Hello Ivor hope you are doing well?

    I remember reading stories of how the Germans and the Allied armies would declare a temporary truce on Christmas day when I was growing up.

    My life is changing: my granddaughter is days away from being 3 months old. And I was laid off from my job about a week or so from being there 21 yrs.

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