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Where The Giant Poppies Grow

Karen Wrighton
Language: English



Una canzone contro la guerra in Afghanistan, il paese dei "papaveri giganti"...

Questa l'intro al video

This is a video of my 'anti-war' song. It was inspired by the news of the death of some 19 year old soldiers in Afghanistan. I teach 19 year olds, and I was struck by the waste of such young lives, lives that should just be becoming exciting and fulfilling. I had to question whether war is the only or the best option for solving the problems in our world.


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We teach them how to ride their bikes and later drive their cars,
We help them with their school work, we say reach for the stars
They say “now come and join us and be the best that you can be,
‘cause there’s no greater honour than to fight for your country”

Will somebody please explain to me ‘cause I really need to know
Why do we send our young men where the giant poppies grow?
Once poppies were for remembrance of those who fell before,
But now they’re a symbol of what’s to come, the death of many more
We send them off to fight a war, where no other wars been won before,
What do the politicians think they know,
Is reason for sending our sons to sleep where the giant poppies grow?

We sent them off to school so they learned to read and write,
Then they went to college to have a better chance of life,
Then the army enlisted them “to make them into men”
Posted them off to Afghanistan; some never to return again.

So will somebody please explain to me ‘cause I really need to know
Why do we send our young men where the giant poppies grow?
Once poppies were for remembrance of those who fell before,
But now they’re a symbol of what’s to come, the death of many more
We send them off to fight a war, where no other wars been won before,
What do the politicians think they know,
Is reason for sending our sons to sleep where the giant poppies grow?

So what do they say to a mother about the death of a beloved son
Who died in a land far away in a war that couldn’t be won?
They justify it by sying “well it’s for the greater good”
But ‘Greater Good’s’ a saying that I’ve never really understood.

So will somebody please explain to me ‘cause I really need to know
Why do we send our young men where the giant poppies grow?
Once poppies were for remembrance of those who fell before,
But now they’re a symbol of what’s to come, the death of many more
We send them off to fight a war, where no other wars been won before,
What do the politicians think they know,
Is reason for sending our sons to sleep where the giant poppies grow?

So please tell me I really need to know,
Why are our children dying in the land where the giant poppies grow?

Contributed by Alessandro - 2009/3/11 - 10:30



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