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

 

One Soldier's Thoughts

 

Lyrics

Notes

I just called round to say farewell
For they’re sending us soon deep into Hell
Where the hot baking sun offers you no respite
Until your bones chill to ice in the cold desert night

I just want to give you a few of my thoughts
Whether or not you think that I ought
To be doing my duty and if I should go
Well this is my life; it’s all that I know

Now don’t be alarmed at this state that I’m in
I may have ballooned but in time I’ll be thin
They’ve just fattened us up for the trials ahead
Like slaughterbound lambs to the abattoir led

All those close to me have trials of their own
So they mustn’t know this fear that I feel
I’ll laugh and I’ll joke and make light of it all
And pretend that it just isn’t real

I hope there’s enough body armour to spare
Those who send us care nothing about our welfare
Despite tanks, helicopters and predator drones
We’re under-equipped, fed by lies and alone

In this war of aggression we’re just pawns in their game
Placed on the frontline for death or for blame
Human shields, human misery, atrocities galore
Do our leaders share my reflections on war?

When I come home they might dress me in shorts
With no need for shoes when my ticket’s been bought
No more like a fool for the last bus to run
But knowing that two legs are better than none

I seek neither glory nor undying fame
Neither medals nor honours so grand
Just to return through fate or God’s will if I can
Home from Afghanistan

So please don’t miss me when I’m gone
Pray for us who into this maelstrom are hurled
While I dream of those dearest to me
And pray for peace in a better world


(Gary Miller)


© 2010 Whippet Records

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


Inspired by the true story of a British soldier's visit to his aunt to tell her he was about to embark on a 6-month tour of Afghanistan and some of the thoughts and feelings he expressed to her about it.

 

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Video Clips

Gary introducing and performing 'One Soldier's Thoughts'
live at Neckartenzlingen Gymnasium on 4th May 2010,
on tour with longtime collaborator, poet and friend Keith Armstrong.

Gary introducing and performing 'One Soldier's Thoughts'
live at Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge on 17th August 2010, 
as part of a series of UK shows with legendary Australian duo Mick Thomas (award-winning singer/songwriter) & Michael Barclay (both of 'Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing' and formerly of 'Weddings Parties Anything').

 

Gary performing 'One Soldier's Thoughts'
live in the Dickens Room at Haren Library on 1st October 2010,
on tour with longtime collaborator, poet and friend Keith Armstrong.

Gary introducing and performing
'Albatross and Endurance' and 
'One Soldier's Thoughts' (cut)
live at the 100 Club, London on 18th August 2010, 
as part of a series of UK shows with legendary Australian duo Mick Thomas (award-winning singer/songwriter) & Michael Barclay (both of 'Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing' and formerly of 'Weddings Parties Anything').
The show also featured Phil 'Swill' Odgers (of 'The Men They Couldn't Hang').