Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

 

Battleships

 

Lyrics

A brooding menace ’neath ghostly clouds
A monstrous image of war
Mask-like, cold and inhuman
Far from a civilized shore

“This is our great navy
Britannia rules the waves
Sending all our foes to flight
Or down into watery graves”


Behemoths symbolic of military might
A mechanical horror displayed
It’s war at a distance, powerful, aggressive
A warning sign: “Be afraid”

“This is our great navy
Britannia rules the waves
Sending all our foes to flight
Or down into watery graves”


Everything is faded battleship gray
The sky is heavy, like lead
Ominous, waiting, the Winter Sea
A landscape fit for the dead

“This is our great navy
Britannia rules the waves
Sending all our foes to flight
Or down into watery graves”


A sense of security, fearless, remorseless
So the public feel safe in their homes
A show of strength, moving forward, relentless
An unstoppable machine heaves and groans

“This is our great navy
Britannia rules the waves
Sending all our foes to flight
Or down into watery graves” 


“This is our great navy
Britannia rules the waves
Sending all our foes to flight
Or down into watery graves” 


(Gary Miller)


© 2010 Whippet Records

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Notes

Commissioned for 'Reflections on War', a community arts project and exhibition at York Art Gallery for York Museums Trust.


Inspired by Battleships, a painting (artist unknown), and incorporating words and phrases by participants in the Reflections on War poetry and songwriting workshops led by Gary Miller at York Art Gallery April-June 2009.

 

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Original Studio Version

Gary Miller

Reflections on War

CD (WPTCD22) 2010

 


Reflections on War

York Art Gallery