Dieppe Raid - "Flowers of Saskatchewan"

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  1. Steve Haitch

    Steve Haitch New Member

    For me, this song by David Francey remembering the Dieppe Raid is the War War 2 equivalent of "In Flanders Field". Thought I would introduce it to this forum.

    Lyrics
    FLOWERS OF SASKATCHEWAN
    The sun was shining on the English Channel
    On a ferry off the coast of France
    It was summer and a pleasant morning
    And high above gulls wheeled and danced
    And high above the cliffs of morning
    The gun emplacements had stood in ranks
    I walked over to the railing
    And I heard the ghosts of the Calgary Tanks
    And I remembered pictures I'd seen
    In history books and magazines
    Of three men standing, smoking, staring
    Among the dead men on a rocky beach
    And in the light of that pleasant morning
    As we sailed under the cliffs above
    I thought of all their silent prayers
    And the final thoughts of the ones they loved
    That they left behind at prairie stations
    Waving to their pride and joy
    Waving to the smiling faces
    Smiling faces on the soldier boys of?
    No waves of grain would claim the fallen
    Just the channel cold and grey as steel
    And no return to the rolling prairie
    And a silent cross on a lonely field
    The sun was shining on the rolling prairie
    Far from the channel, cold and grey
    Shone on the families, friends and lovers
    Of the prairie boys who fell that day
    But they could not know on that sunny morning
    The future held for them no joy
    They'd wait in vain at prairie stations
    Wait in vain for their soldier boys

     
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