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Chanson: the Pogues: and the band played waltzing matilda

A song about the massacre of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1916.

When I was a young man I carried my pack
And I lived the free life of a rover
From the Murrays green basin to the dusty outback
I waltzed my Matilda all over
Then in nineteen fifteen my country said Son
It’s time to stop rambling ’cause there’s work to be done
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we sailed away from the quay
And amidst all the tears and the shouts and the cheers
We sailed off to Gallipoli

How well I remember that terrible day
How the blood stained the sand and the water
And how in that hell that they called Suvla Bay
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter
Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well
He chased us with bullets, he rained us with shells
And in five minutes flat he’d blown us all to hell
Nearly blew us right back to Australia
But the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we stopped to bury our slain
We buried ours and the Turks buried theirs
Then we started all over again

Now those that were left, well we tried to survive
In a mad world of blood, death and fire
And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
But around me the corpses piled higher
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over tit
And when I woke up in my hospital bed
And saw what it had done, I wished I was dead
Never knew there were worse things than dying
For no more I’ll go waltzing Matilda
All around the green bush far and near
For to hump tent and pegs, a man needs two legs
No more waltzing Matilda for me

So they collected the cripples, the wounded, the maimed
And they shipped us back home to Australia
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla
And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
I looked at the place where my legs used to be
And thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me
To grieve and to mourn and to pity
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As they carried us down the gangway
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared
Then turned all their faces away

And now every April I sit on my porch
And I watch the parade pass before me
And I watch my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reliving old dreams of past glory
And the old men march slowly, all bent, stiff and sore
The forgotten heroes from a forgotten war
And the young people ask, “What are they marching for?”
And I ask myself the same question
And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
And the old men answer to the call
But year after year their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

Chanson: John Lennon – Imagine

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Chanson : The Who – Won’t get fooled again

I suppose this is an anti-war song, but it could be about politics in general.

to fool = tromper/duper
to fool around : faire le fou/l’endouille

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again

Change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fall that’s all
But the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!

I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?

There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Chanson: Black Eyed Peas – I got a feeling

I gotta feeling
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

A feeling
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

A feeling (Woo hoo)
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

A feeling (Woo hoo)
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

Tonights the night
Lets live it up
I got my money
Lets spend it up

Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that sofa
Lets get get OFF

I know that well have a ball
If we get down and go out and just loose it all

I feel stressed out
I wanna let it go
Lets go way out spaced out
And losing all control

Fill up my cup
”Mazel Tov”
Look at her dancing
Just take it off

Lets paint the town
Well shut it down
Lets burn the roof
And then well do it again

Lets do it
Lets do it
Lets do it
Lets do it
And do it
And do it
Lets live it up
And do it
And do it
And do it do it do it
Lets do it
Lets do it
Lets do it Cause

I gotta feeling (Woo hoo)
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

A feeling (Woo hoo)
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

Tonights the night (Hey!)
Lets live it up (Lets live it up)
I got my money (Ill pay)
Lets spend it up (Lets spend it up)

Go out and smash it (Smash it!)
Like Oh My God (Like Oh My God)
Jump out that sofa (Come on!)
Lets get get OFF

Fill up my cup (Drink)
”Mazel Tov” (”Lchaim”)
Look at her dancing (Move it Move it)
Just take it off

Lets paint the town (Paint the town)
Well shut it down (Shut it down)
Lets burn the roof (Woo)
And then well do it again

Lets do it
Lets do it
Lets do it
Lets do it
And do it
And do it
Lets live it up
And do it
And do it
And do it do it do it
Lets do it
Lets do it
Lets do it do it do it do it

Here we come
Here we go
We gotta rock

Easy come
Easy go
Now we on top

Feel the shot
Body rock
Rock it dont stop

Round and round
Up and down
Around the clock

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Friday, Saturday, Saturday and Sunday
Get get get get get with us
We know what we say
Party every day
Party every day

And Im feeling (Woo hoo)
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

Im feeling (Woo hoo)
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good night
That tonights gonna be a good good night

Chanson: Grace – Imagine One Day

Too many people got nothin’ to eat
While the rich man a feast on his kill
Too many people got blood on their hands
Thinkin’ there’s nothin’ else they can do
And you go ’bout your day thinkin’ it’s okay
Won’t hurt you now if you just look away

Imagine one day it’s you, what would you do?
Imagine one day it’s you

You give your all
Yeah, you give your hand
Your compassion it flow from the source
You build you’re world here on equality
And together you find what your worth
Come on!
Stand up for freedom, the people will lead
Stand up for justice, oh let it be me

Chorus:
Imagine one day it’s you, what would you do?
Imagine one day it’s you, it’s your turn now
Imagine one day it’s you, what you gonna do?
Imagine one day it’s you

Bridge:
You think you’re different
Nothin’ could happen to you
But tables always turn
So you’ll need a helpin’ hand
To build on rock rather than a foundation of sand

Chorus

How many lives will it take to realize
That we’re killin’ ourselves all the while
How many people must die here in vain
In the name of the price that we pay
Come on!
Stand up for freedom, the people will lead
Stand up for justice, oh let it be me

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