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 Words & Music - Luke O'Shea

Proudly marching down to the Quay
The Air Force, Army and Navy
Tired old men who do their best
With their ribbons and their medals upon their chest

Young folk they don't understand
Forgotten wars, forgotten lands
Every year the bagpipes play
To remind all us of yesterday

To the Ragged Bloody Heroes
Who stood up to the test
Well I have this to say
On another Anzac Day
That I - I shall not forget
I shall not forget

Through the African and Asian and the European wars
These were once younger men, they heard the call
Marching through the gates of hell
Where they bravely fought, and bravely fell
And as they saw what no man should
With blood they sealed a brotherhood
ANZACs - from the Southern Lands
New Zealand and Australians

To the Ragged Bloody Heroes
Who stood up to the test
Well I have this to say
On another Anzac Day
That I - I shall not forget
I shall not forget

And the greatest gift that's been given to me
Is that I live in a land that is so free
May it pass without regret
You gave us freedom to forget
And as we march through history
You leave to us your legacy
And as we pause may we understand
What it means to give your life
For another man

To the Ragged Bloody Heroes
Who stood up to the test
Well I have this to say
On another Anzac Day
That I - I shall not forget
I shall not forget
(They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old)
I shall not forget
(Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn)
I shall not forget
(At the going down of the sun - and in the morning
We will remember them. We will remember them)
Lest we forget yeah yeah
And I shall not forget

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Luke says -
Luke
" Long has this song BURNED inside of me.

" Every ANZAC Day, every time I'd teach or read about our War History or watch ‘Gallipoli’ or ‘Breaker Morrant’, such a deep anger would brew up inside of me. The only way I could vent the frustration towards our guilible leaders, the pompous incompetent British Generals and the murderous ‘Kitchener's Cowards’ was to put it to song.


" Ragged Bloody Heroes" was inspired by the Peter Brune book of the same name. The Ragged Bloody Heroes were a banged and beat up, scraggly, unshaven group of young Australian and New Zealand men, who through sheer guts and bravery stopped the undefeated Japanese Army in the hellish hills of Papua New Guinea. The more I learn about the mateship, courage and incredible deeds performed by our ANZAC's in all the wars major and minor, the more determined I am to let them know I will never forget them - and I don’t want anyone else to either!


" There is something special about this song and at times when I perform it, many old diggers come up to me with quiet tears in their eyes and make me swear that I get it out there!


" I am proud of this song and I am fiercely proud of the men who it is about! "

LUKE O'SHEA - March 2010


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