WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! - MAYBE, BUT WAR SONGS ARE INVALUABLE TO OUR PSYCHE
Later there were “cavalier” ballads about the Spanish Armada, English Civil War and American Civil War. Songs were commonplace during both World War I and II.
Vera Lynn sang the popular war song, "(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover". It was written before America had joined the war, and Germany had conquered most of Europe and were bombing Britain. Both countries’ aircraft fought over the hills of Dover and the song looked forward to hopeful and peaceful times.
Other songs included Vera Lynn’s "We’ll Meet Again" and the theme to TV’s “Dad’s Army”, "Run Rabbit Run" by Flanagan and Allen.
Today, we know "19" by Paul Hardcastle was about the Vietnam War, the soldiers drafting age. We remember Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s controversial video to "Two Tribes" showing a hand to hand fight between Reagan and Chernenko. Both were anti-war. Did you know that some war songs were loved for very different reasons? Here’s a couple to make you re-think.
So war is good for nothing, but songs about war are essential to our minds, hearts and souls in this climate of destructive leaders.