1914

by Saul Blease

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As everyone knows this year is the centenary of the “war to end all wars” and I had the idea to compose some music around the subject. Rather than just release one song or EP this year, I decided it would be an interesting concept to release one song a year, through to 2018 that, combined, would form one (longer) piece of music.

This is the first piece, 1914, released in December as it has some themes that tie in with the Christmas truce within it. It also incorporates lyrics from popular songs from the period and there is a little nod to Twelfth Night’s superb song about WWI Sequences.

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released December 31, 2014

Written and recorded by Saul Blease

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Saul Blease Cheltenham, UK

Multi-instrumentalist and singer / songwriter from sunny Bristol creating new music that fuses together elements of alternative, heavy and progressive rock, with splashes of industrial and electronica.

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Track Name: 1914
O valiant hearts who to your glory came

through dust of conflict and through battle flame

tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved

your memory hallowed in the land you loved

Tommy went across the sea
gallant soldiers to the front
Singing out “here are we”
to bear battle’s brunt

In Picadilly, Leicester Square
join up the women say
Take the shilling, sign there
and say goodbye to Dolly Gray

Given a uniform and a gun
it’s off to bayonet drill
Six inches of cold steel
and now we’re taught to kill

Listen to the man
what does he say?
Friends are coloured khaki
and your enemies are grey

Pals battalion, soldiers now
boys go marching by
Pack up our kitbags
we’re out to do or die

Rapid fire! comes the shout
How long can we hold out?
Hiding from the whizz-bangs

Across the fields more foes in grey
Fall back to fight another day
Running from the whizz-bangs

Listen to the man
what does he say?
Friends are coloured khaki
and your enemies are grey

Pals battalion, soldiers now
boys go marching by
Pack up our kitbags
we’re out to do or die

Starshell bright lights the sky
prelude to dawn’s early light
The time has come to stand to
hold your gun ready to fight

Starshell bright lights the sky
prelude to dawn’s early light
The time has come to stand to
hold your gun ready to fight

They say it'll be over soon
home by Christmas day
Lying here in a muddy trench
is that really what they say?

A moment’s peace at the front
football kicked in no mans land
But silent night is destroyed by shell
no fraternising orders stand
Track Name: Seasons (piano version)
Winter sunrise bathes the mist,
white blanket on fields, that frost has kissed
Raindrops fall in a spring shower
translucent angels, dancing on a flower.

Seasons come and seasons go
Here I stand all alone
Seasons come and seasons go
Forgotten here, heart of stone

Butterfly’s flight on a summer breeze
gossamer touch is all we need
The hairline patterns on an autumn leaf
amber and gold beauty, so brief.

Seasons come and seasons go
Here I stand all alone
Seasons come and seasons go
Forgotten here, heart of stone

On a cold November morn
A moments silence, from those who are born
Red flowers laid at my feet
Remembrance of sacrifice complete

Seasons come and seasons go,
For one short moment I'm not alone...