No Man’s Land was originally released on the 1977 live album Eric Bogle – Live In Person and on the 1980 studio album Now I’m Easy. It has been recorded many times by many different artists and is also known as Green Fields of France and Willie McBride. It tells of an imaginary conversation that the singer has with a solder, Willie McBride, who died in 1916 during World War I, in the first verse he sits by Willie‘s grave and asks about his death, in the 2nd verse he asks about the soldier’s wife or sweetheart, in the 3rd verse he tells that the war is over but the graveyard is still no man’s land, and the final verse asks if those who died really believed that it would end war, and was therefore fought in vain. It is a moving song with a strong anti-war message that also shows great respect for the soldiers who fought and died during the war. For this version Eric is joined by his long-time touring partner, John Munro, and was recorded at Brewers Quay, Weymouth in the UK. Eric starts the clip by telling a story about the song before performing the song.
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