Re-writing history

Letter by Bob Banks, Sheffield

ImageI’m writing to suggest that the British Legion travesty of ‘No Man’s Land’, could present a great news opportunity for the peace movement.

As you may be aware – their song is an awful travesty of the wonderful ‘No Man’s Land’, a great anti-war song. To me it feels unethical to change the song in this way – not just changing its meaning, but almost giving it the opposite meaning. For example these lines have been cut:

Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,

For Willie McBride, it all happened again,

And again, and again, and again, and again.

Also, I’ve started a petition – be great to get as many signatures as possible! But I think potentially much more could be made of this than a petition.

A rendition of the original song:
The British Legion song:
Bob’s petition: