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This track depicts the end of 'The Phoney
War' and the cold harsh reality of a real war. For the outcome
will leave Britain standing alone against the Nazi war machine.
Not until 1941 will others join the British and Commonwealth countries
against Hitler. Hitler's invasion against the Soviet Union and
the Japanese attack on the United States will create new Allies,
but until then Britain will stand alone, with the defeat of France
a matter of weeks away.
Dunkirk was the French port where the British
Expeditionary Force retreated, after the combined British and
French armies had been outmanoeuvred by the Germans in Belgium.
With the French army in retreat, the British Expeditionary Force
headed towards the coast and Dunkirk.
Dynamo' was the code name for the evacuation of British
and Allied troops from Dunkirk back to the safety of England.
They expected to save at least 45,000 soldiers, but ended up saving
over 300,000 troops, transporting them back to good old 'Blighty',
and to fight another day. Not only was the Royal Navy and RAF
involved but a flotilla of private ships, a combined effort that
saved the day.
The track looks at the desperate times
that the "Tommy" endured. Bad battle plans based on WW1 tactics,
that were swept aside by a modern German army that had become
rampant across Europe. It would take some luck and bravery to
survive. Then the process of learning new modern tactics to combat
the Nazi threat. The track symbolizes the change from the 'Phoney
War' to a 'Real War,' and on the eve of Britain standing on its
own, with the French surrender just a matter of days away, Operation
Dynamo was a small victory in defeat.
Tommy sleeps wrapped
in a Union Jack, on a beach.
And when he sleeps he dreams of coming back, to home sweet home.
But deep down he knows there ain't much chance of that, and that
You've been told son, keep your head down low, and dodge the dancing
Is this the shape, just another phoney war.
Oh what a shame, oh what a lovely war.
That's you and me out there on the chess board, looking like small
We don't get a choice in the moves we make, we just get played
We're all just small fish out of water, and we live our lives.
Hour by hour, night after night. Week in week out, year in year
Is this the shape, is this the shape of things to come.
Watching men suffering in silence,
day by day, day by day, day by day, day by day.
Is this the shape, not just a phoney war.
Oh what a shame, not such a lovely war.
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