Field of Blood
Various images from 'From Coalfield to Battlefield'. 
This is a new version of ‘The Durham Light Infantry’ by Gary Miller. It was originally only the second song he ever wrote for his band The Whisky Priests back in 1985, when he was 19 years old. the song was eventually recorded and released as the final track on the band’s debut album ‘Nee Gud Luck’ in 1989. Video by Gary Miller and Helen Temperley.
THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY 
When I was but a young lad I hewed coal below this land 
With a pick across me shoulder or a shovel in me hand 
But then the Great War came and a spirit of adventure grew 
While the posters in the street said "Your Country Needs You!” 
Your country needs you! 
I knew then what I must do 
I lined up to volunteer for a soldier's bloody wage 
I strode up to the desk and boldly lied about me age 
They gave me a serge uniform of ‘Kitchener Blue’ 
Flags waved, brass bands played and huge crowds cheered too 
But no-one really knew just what we’d gotten ourselves into 
So we're off my boys through the hell and the noise 
To die for our country 
And they’ll raise a cross to remember the loss 
Of the Durham Light Infantry 
In the muddy fields of Flanders we fought like men from Hell 
As the ground itself was ripped apart where all me best mates fell 
The lad right next to me took a bullet to the head 
And in all that hell and madness I wished that I was dead 
As the sky wept tears of lead, while the ‘Faithful Durhams’ bled 
We buried all our dead, at least those that could be found 
As well as bits of bodies that were scattered all around 
And it made me sick with anger at the things the War had done 
But when one campaign was over they gave us another one 
So I still kept marching on though all my mates were dead and gone 
So we're off my boys through the hell and the noise 
To die for our country 
And they’ll raise a cross to remember the loss 
Of the Durham Light Infantry 
Let there be no songs of victory upon Armistice Day 
For the pathos of the poets can never wash the stains away 
And with the Pawns of War the Masters never will be done 
So the ‘Dirty Little Imps’ will still be called upon 
Once this ‘War To End All Wars’ is won, to fight on and on and on 
So we're off my boys through the hell and the noise 
To die for our country 
And they’ll raise a cross to remember the loss 
Of the Durham Light Infantry 
(Gary Miller) Original version © 1989 Whippet Records Revised version © 2017 Whippet Records Copyright Control MCPS/PRS 
Dedicated with respect to the memory of all the members of the Durham Light Infantry who appear in these accompanying images Performed by Gary Miller www.garymillersongs.com & Ferryhill Town Band www.ferryhilltownband.org.uk Written and Composed by Gary Miller www.garymillersongs.com Brass Arranegment by Iain Petrie Musical Score by Sam Lord & Iain Petire Produced and Engineered by Iain Petrie www.awakemusic.co.uk Illustrations by Helen Temperley. Gary Miller & Ferryhill Town Band 'The Durham Light Infantry' CD/Download Single (cat. no. WPTCD26) available now on Whippet Records www.whippetrecords.com Taken from the album 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' Coming soon on Whippet Records www.whippetrecords.com
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