Christmas In The Trenches

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Pipes of Peace (Paul McCartney)
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I'll Be Home For Christmas (Bing Crosby)
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I Want To Come Home For Christmas (Marvin Gaye)
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There Won't Be Any Snow (Christmas In The Jungle) (Derrik Roberts)
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Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie)
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Xmas in February (Lou Reed)
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Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon)
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Christmas In Vietnam (Private Charles Bowens)
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Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) (The Ramones)
White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)
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We’ve taken a liberal approach with these Christmas songs about war so you’ll notice that not all the battlefields are strictly confined to far flung places (see the Ramones). Many of our choices are based on what was popular with soldiers at Christmas time as they fought for their country during conflicts throughout the ages. Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’, from the 1942 movie ‘Holiday Inn’, proved to be hugely popular with soldiers during World War II owing to its theme of an old fashioned Christmas back home. His follow-up the following year ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ was equally popular with the military abroad as he sang about being home for Christmas, if only in his dreams. How heartbreaking it must have been and the misery is also all too apparent on the Christmas music that was released against a backdrop of the Vietnam War. There is a huge catalogue of Christmas songs from that era which really demand a playlist of their own. We’ve also included some songs that are direct in detailing the misery of life in the trenches. Lou Reed’s ‘Xmas in February’ is perhaps the starkest while Paul McCartney’s ‘Pipes of Peace’ portrays Christmas during wartime with a modicum of humanity as the opposing forces take some time out to celebrate the season together. And much like John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (Was Is Over)’ Jona Lewis’ ‘Stop The Cavalry’ was vehement in its anti-war message.

Published by Kevin Hugger |
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