Wednesday 5 August 2009

Radiohead: Harry Patch (In memory of)

I found the broadcast on Radio 4's Today programme the morning, of Radiohead's tribute to Harry Patch, the last British survivor of the carnage of the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, strangely moving.

Despite efforts by supporters of the war in Afghanistan to claim him as one of their own, Patch, who died on 25 July and is buried tomorrow, was staunchly anti-war, saying that "war is organised murder" and that "it was not worth one let alone all the millions".

Thom Yorke's lyrics are Patch's own words, taken from a radio interview in 2005. The song can be downloaded for £1 from here, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

I am the only one that got through
The others died where ever they fell
It was an ambush
They came up from all sides
Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves
I've seen devils coming up from the ground
I've seen hell upon this earth
The next will be chemical but they will never learn

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