Well how do you do Private William McBride Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside? I'll rest for awhile in the warm summer sun I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done
And I see by your gravestone you were only 19 When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916 And I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean Or William McBride was it slow and obscene?
Chorus: Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the pipes lowly? Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down? Did the bugle play the last post and chorus? Did the pipes play the "Flowers o' the Forest"?
Well the sun it shines now on these green fields of France The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance The trenches have vanished now under the plow No gas and no barbed wire, no guns fire now
For here in this graveyard it's still no man's land And the countless white crosses in mute witness stand To man's blind indifference to his fellow man And a whole generation who butchered and damned
Well I can't help but wonder now, Willie McBride Do all those who lie here know just why they died? Did you really believe them when they told you the cause? Did you really believe this war would end all wars?
But the suffering the sorrow the glory the shame The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain For William McBride it's all happened again And again and again and again and again.