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Lyr Add: Land of the Free and the Home of the Brav

26 May 03 - 07:26 AM (#959229)
Subject: Lyr Add: LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAV
From: InOBU

LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE
Words Lorcan Otway
Tune Birmingham Sunday
All rights reserved.

By Brandywine's fields in the steel light of dawn,
Crouched by a stone wall, where I knew they'd come on,
Musket primed for a foe from far over the wave,
In the land of the free and the home of the brave.

In tobacco fields, my mother's labor pains
Brought me to the life of the lash and slave chains.
I fled north to Canada from slavery
To the home of brave and the land of the free.

See Crazy Horse ride with no fear on the plain
To Greasy Grass battle, a victory to gain.
From Yellow Hair's murders his people to save,
The Lakota live free in the home of the brave.

In a dark prison cell, I barely can see
Hans Yoder who lies bruised and tortured like me.
We Quakers and Amish no Great War will fight.
We bravely sought freedom from tyranny's might.

With great grandfather's musket, I offered the fight
To a coward in a jet plane who struck in the night.
All of my forefathers in these mountains like me
Made Afghanistan home to the brave and the free.

So pause on these days when the banners all wave.
Ask yourself, what is freedom, and where are the brave?
Have courage to stand with the brave and the free
When your nation strays from the path of liberty.


26 May 03 - 08:14 PM (#959492)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Home of the Brave that is... ruther than barve... Anyone else hear the clock ticking in here?


26 May 03 - 08:44 PM (#959501)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: katlaughing

I like the sentiments, as always, Larry. Thanks for sharing!


27 May 03 - 08:08 AM (#959665)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Thanks Kat! Wonder where everyone is? Maybe it is a bad thread title... Cheers Larry


28 May 03 - 08:23 AM (#960407)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Gee wonder where folks are this week?


28 May 03 - 08:52 AM (#960418)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: Sandra in Sydney

I thought the title was a misprint for the pop song Home of the brave, land of the free but it's so much better than that song.

congratulations

sandra


28 May 03 - 03:03 PM (#960698)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: alanabit

Good song. Everyone fights for freedom and justice, don't they? Where are the soldiers who volunteer to fight for enslavement and injustice?. There must be some, otherwise the good guys wouldn't have anyone to fight.


29 May 03 - 09:37 PM (#961589)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Actually, the ones who fight for everlasting injustice are in Bond films, Smersh and the like, many Americans believe the enimy is just that, ploting around a table to be the best bad guy ever.
Cheers
Larry
PS Now I know I have to play Sidney some day...


29 May 03 - 09:41 PM (#961591)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: GUEST

good song, lor....


29 May 03 - 10:17 PM (#961615)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Br
From: Kudzuman

thanks!! Great song!

Kudzuman


30 May 03 - 08:05 AM (#961779)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Ah whoops... sang it for a pal, Kim, who asked which battle I meant by Brandywine, and pointed out that I meant Bennington! In fact, he was right, and Bennington DOES fit the meter, so in verce one, do substitute Bennington, though Brandywine has so much more of a poetic ring, but, the battle where Bergoyne was harrassed from behind walls was in fact Bennington, sorry folks Larry


30 May 03 - 06:29 PM (#962233)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: McGrath of Harlow

Brandywine is a much more evocative word than Bennington, though it does make it sound a bit like a Hobbit singing. And Yoder might sound like Star Trek to some people...

Good song anyway. Best be careful when you sing it.

"Home of the brave, land of the free
I don't want to be mistreated by no bourgeoisie..."


30 May 03 - 11:56 PM (#962362)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Shame about the short verce structure, Yoder is also a Mennonite name, and we share a meeting house with a nice bunch of Mennonites, and share a lot of Peace Demos with them and shared a lot of jail cells in the days when... but there was no way to get Mennonite into the verce. Cheers Larry


06 Jun 03 - 06:51 AM (#963110)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

Wouldn't you know I sang this at Menno house last night, for young Mennonites, and no verce about Mennonites! Cheers Larry


04 Jul 09 - 10:10 AM (#2671386)
Subject: Lyr Add: LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAV
From: InOBU

LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE
Words Lorcan Otway
Tune Birmingham Sunday
All rights reserved.
By Bennington's fields in the steel light of dawn,
Crouched by a stone wall, where I knew they'd come on,
Musket primed for a foe from far over the wave,
In the land of the free and the home of the brave.

In tobacco fields, my mother's labor pains
Brought me to the life of the lash and slave chains.
I fled north to Canada from slavery
To the home of brave and the land of the free.

See Crazy Horse riding now over the plain
To Greasy Grass battle, a victory to gain.
From Yellow Hair's murders his people to save,
The Lakota live free in the home of the brave.

In a dark prison cell, I barely can see
Hans Yoder who lies bruised and tortured like me.
We Quakers and Amish no Great War will fight.
We bravely sought freedom from tyranny's might.

With grandfather's musket, I carrued the fight
To a coward in a jet plane who struck in the night.
All of my forefathers in these mountains like me
Made Afghanistan home to the brave and the free.

So now in these days when the banners all wave.
Ask yourself, what is freedom, and where are the brave?
Have courage to stand with the brave and the free
When your nation strays from the path of liberty.

Here is the final version as performed and recorded... happy 4th all... Peace -


04 Jul 09 - 11:39 AM (#2671436)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mem. Day song Land of Free Home of Brave
From: InOBU

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60569783484&ref=ts#/video/video.php?v=71176561677&oid=60569783484

Link to a performance of the same on a facebook group...