The Last Post being played at Remembrance never fails to bring me to the position where I stand, at attention, wearing my medals and my beret, convincing myself that I'm not crying when tears stream down my face.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to write up a piece of these - feel free to add your own in the commentary.
Get Here - Oleta Adams
The US claimed this as their unofficial theme tune to Granby and it's also got lines which make me think back to this time. Examples include:
"cross the desert like an Arab man"
and (particularly relevant)
"cross the border in a blaze of hope"
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
Naturally, even the title's a dead give away of this being a soldiers' song but it's still a good tune and I can't hear it without a shiver going down my spine. Again, as well as the tune it's also got the lyrics, examples of which would be:
"Through these fields of destruction / Baptisms of fire"
"I've witnessed your suffering / As the battled raged higher"
and (particularly relevant, given that it was the Army v Navy rugby yesterday when serving and former soldiers, sailors and airmen get together socially)
"And though they did hurt me so bad / In the fear and alarm / You did not desert me / My brothers in arms"
Queen - Who Wants to Live Forever?
Again this song is pre-1991 but has a real resonance for many of us who have suffered from MH concerns in the past and especially for those of us who've had a run in with the reaper, especially when at our own hand.
All of the lyrics of this work for me so I won't quote any in particular, but I was pallbearer for a friend who'd died at his own hand as a direct consequence of our service on Granby and he'd insisted that this be played at his funeral.
Not a dry eye in the house, as they say.
Runrig - That Final Mile
I made a huge mistake some years ago and inadvertently hurt a number of people when I did. I would say that I regret it every day but the verb "regret" doesn't nearly do justice to it. The first song at our (short) wedding was this and the final verse is:
"Now the hurt has gone / Now the doubt has gone / I'm walking down / A clear way to your heart"