History or War related tunes

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  1. RabidAlien

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    #1 RabidAlien, Jul 26, 2011
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    Recently posted a question about history/war related Iron Maiden songs, which prompted a sticky thread about all history/war related songs, any artist, any genre. Please feel free to add your song of choice...we'll stick with Adler's format for listing. Here's what has been posted so far:

    Group/Artist - Name of Song (Military/War Topic or Theme)

    (Adler):
    Run to the Hill (Sioux Wars)
    The Trooper (Charge of the Light Brigade)
    Where Eagles Dare (Inspired by the Film)
    Aces High (Battle of Britain)
    Tailgunner (WW2 Bombing)
    Run Silent, Run Deep (About Submarine Warfare)
    Fortunes of War (About coming home from war and all the psychological problems)
    The Edge of Darkness (based on Apocolypse Now)
    The Aftermath (the price of war)
    The Clansman (About the Scottish wars with Britain)
    Como Estais Amigos (The Falklands War)

    Other songs by other Metal bands with military or war themes:

    Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway novel about the horrors of war)
    Metallica - Disposable Heroes (About the toll of war and a soldiers thoughts)
    Metallica - No Remorse (About having no remorse in combat)
    Metallica - One (Based on Johnnies Got a Gun)
    Metallica - Blackened (About Nuclear War)
    Iced Earth - 1776 (The Revolutionay War)
    Iced Earth - Declaration Day (The Revolutionary War)
    Iced Earth - Red Baron (The Red Baron)
    Iced Earth - Gettysburg 1863 (Epic 36 minute long song about the battle)

    (Coors9):
    Iron Maiden - Women in Uniform
    Johnny Cash - Ira Hayes

    (RA):
    Johnny Horton - Johnny Reb (Civil War)
    Johnny Horton - Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812)
    Johnny Horton - Sink the Bismark (WW2)
    Johnny Horton - The Battle of Bull Run (Civil War)
    Johnny Horton - The Sinking Of Reuben James

    (not sure if its strictly war-related, but I always liked The Clash's "London Calling", about the aftermath of a nuclear war, and Nena's "99 Red Balloons")
     
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    Found a website with 200 assorted war-related songs. Noticed some anti-war stuff in there, as well, but there's a lot of good stuff to sort through:

    Songfacts - Songs About War
     
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    Here is a really good one from Iced Earth. I know it was posted above.

    It is an epic 31 minute long song, that is actually broken down into 3 parts. Each part represents one of the days of the battle. It includes everything from sounds of battle and original period music combined with heavy metal.

    Hope you all like it.

     
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    I have always loved Al Stewart's "Roads to Moscow"....


    They crossed over the border the hour before dawn
    moving in lines through the day
    Most of our planes were destroyed on the ground where they lay
    Waiting for orders we held in the wood
    Word from the front never came
    By evening the sound of the gunfire was miles away

    I softly move through the shadows, slip away through the trees
    Crossing their lines in the mist in the fields on our hands and our knees

    And all that I ever
    Was able to see
    The fire in the air, glowing red
    Silhouetting the smoke on the breeze

    All summer they drove us back through the Ukraine
    Smolensk and Viasma soon fell
    By Autumn we stood with our backs to the town of Orel
    Closer and closer to Moscow they come
    Riding the wind like a bell
    General Guderian stands at the crest of the hill

    Winter brought with the rains, oceans of mud filled the roads
    Gluing the tracks of their tanks to the ground, while the skies filled with snow

    And all that I ever
    Was able to see
    The fire in the air, glowing red
    Silhouetting the snow on the breeze

    In the footsteps of Napoleon, the shadow figures stagger through the winter
    Falling back before the gates of Moscow, standing in the wings like an avenger
    And far away behind their lines, the partisans are stirring in the forest
    Coming unexpectedly upon their outpost, growing like a promise
    You'll never know, you'll never know, which way to turn, which way to look you'll never see us
    As we steal into the blackness of the night you'll never know, you'll never hear us

    And evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming
    The morning road leads to Stalingrad, and the sky is softly humming

    Two broken tigers on fire in the night
    Flicker their souls to the wind
    We wait in the lines for the final approach to begin
    It's been almost four years that I've carried a gun
    At home, it will almost be spring
    The flames of the tiger are lighting the road to Berlin

    I quickly move through the ruins that bow to the ground
    The old men and children they send out to face us, they can't slow us down

    And all that I ever
    Was able to see
    The eyes of the city are opening
    Now it's the end of a dream

    I'm coming home, I'm coming home , now you can taste it in the wind the war is over
    And I listen to the clicking of the train wheels as we roll across the border
    And now they ask about the time that i was caught behind their time and taken prisoner
    They only held me for a day, a lucky break i say
    They turn and listen closer
    I'll never know, I'll never know, why I was taken from the line with all the others
    to board a special train and journey deep into the heart of holy Russia

    And it's cold and damp in the transit camp and the air is still and sullen
    and the pale sun of October whispers the snow will soon be coming
    And I wonder when, I'll be home again and the morning answers never
    And the evening sighs and the steely, Russian skies go on,
    forever...
    .

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ZG6tRGMYk
     
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    Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Final Cut are Roger Waters' homage to his own mental state in the wake of his father's death at Anzio. Clip from The Wall motion picture; this version of the song When the Tigers Broke Free doesn't appear on the album. Note the Stuka.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKfwwlEcowk
     
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    In my family, the Andrew Sisters song "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny" is definitely war related. My Father-in-Law, whose first name is John, hated that song. That saved his life. He was at a dance in London and came off the dance floor when that song was played. Moments later, a bomb hit the building and all of his friends on the dance floor were killed. My Father-in-law had his eardrums blown out and his hearing permanently damaged, but had no life-threatening injuries.
     
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    #12 mikewint, Jun 22, 2013
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    For me, nothing says it better than Charlie Daniels "Still in Saigon" Also knew Barry Sadler in Vietnam, he snag that Ballad every chance he got and then some. He really thought he was going to become a recording/movie star.

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtOaDmpdgag
     
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