Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Will Remember Them...

So as is my wont on this day, I played Mark Knopfler's "Remembrance Day", followed by Renaissance's "Remember", on my iPhone this morning. Then Steeleye Span's "Where Are They Now" came on unbidden, and considering how I feel about war and the incessant glorification thereof in this country, it felt much more appropriate to the day. Peace will always be far more courageous to me than war. Here are the lyrics:
Man said Nature was his mother
Made a promise at his birth
But she's running like a hunted fox for cover
All across the Earth

The forest turned into the tall ships,
And though they fought for England well
The emptiness is ringing down the ages
Like a hollow bell

Where are they now?
Old mysteries
The high ideas of thousand years
All lost on the breeze
Where are they now?

Asking wonders of our children
Blind faith in all the rules
But the blind lead the blind from the cradle
Through the faith of fools

One son gone unto the merchant
Another to the bishop went
Another son to serve the king
And country in some regiment


Every year in late December
Hark the Herald Angels sing
In the church words of Peace on Earth are spoken
It doesn't change a thing
As far as I'm concerned, all this war-worship is the faith of fools.