Acclaimed songwriter Robb Johnson has written this song in support of the campaign to get the troops out of Afghanistan. He will be performing at the rally on Stop the War's Bring the Troops Home demonstration on Saturday 24 October. See www.robbjohnson.co.uk
Anti-war Song of the Week
North West Frontier
by Robb Johnson
North West Frontier Lyrics
Danny came from West Ham, & he'd been a dad 8 months
Joey came from Birmingham, & he was just 18
Billy came from Bromyard & his Captain told the press he was a "a key part of a closely-knit platoon"
The Corporal came from Kings Lynn he was "the perfect soldier"
The Rifleman from Yorkshire "saw the lighter side of life"
The private from the Welsh Guards had " a tremendous sense of humour"
The Rifleman from Maidenhead, was "1st in everything"
We're here because we're here
Because we're here
On the North West Frontier
Don't ask who armed the Taliban, don't ask the reason why
Don't ask about the oil pipeline, & we'll tell you no lies
Don't ask about the mess we left along the Basra road
Or the military cemeteries of 100 years ago
Don't ask about the 50 bodies buried in one grave
The papers show no photographs, the papers print no names
They couldn't sort the limbs out, so they buried them as one
You wonder why they hate you, well here's 50 reasons more
And we'll all be home by Christmas in a land that's fit for heroes
We'll all have beer & medals, we'll all get jobs for life
Next time you see your colonel, you can sell him a Big Issue
& he'll take you home for Christmas & he'll let you shag his wife
Tommy came from West Ham, or maybe it was Glasgow
Or maybe it was Birmingham, but he was just 18
Tommy came from Bromyard, or maybe some where else
But it's somewhere else he'll never see again
And we're here because we're here…
Tommy come from West Ham...
Jimmy come from Birmingham...
What business did they have being here?
What business did they have dying here?
What business do we have being here
On the Northwest Frontier?