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Music and lyrics by Chris Green

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We do not sing of heroes
For such is not our task
We sing of men like you and I
Who went as they were asked
To fight and die in millions
On land and air and sea
We sing of new worlds which they built
That most would never see

We sing of those they left behind
Of children and of wives
We sing of change and turmoil brought
By warfare to their lives
We sing of how in battle's midst
Their menfolk grinned and joked
We sing the songs that kept them strong
And lent them life and hope.

Through song these soldiers chronicled
Their years of strife and fray
Through song they were recruited
To song they marched away
And now through song we tell to you
The story of those days
Of wives and children left behind
And men who marched away.

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from The Men Who Marched Away: Songs of the Great War, released September 15, 2014
Sophie Matthews - voice

Chris Green - piano, accordion

Fat Cat Strings - string quartet

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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more

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