K​.​T. Rouge - Fields Of Flanders

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The song that really got things rolling for me in Vancouver. Arrived there in the very early spring of '83 with a 45 single and a song on a compilation LP, all courtesy of James McLennan. I had been recording with Marc McLennan and well as performing and touring with him in "Winterhawk" and "Cryme". Neither paid ... In the early days K.T. Rouge was a near permanent fixture at Al Hyland's Waterfront Cabaret. And such an honour that he chose it to be first cut/first side on his double vinyl LP. The album would prove to be a who's who of that club and scene. Many of my colleagues there have gone on to bigger and brighter things. I think back to when I wrote this .. digging through my grandfather's old black satchel, filled with medals, cloth badges, army shaving kit. And then I sat down and read some of the letters home. Meaning to send. The horrors of war, all around, my grandfather in the trenches. Blesses to the lord for bringing you home .... xoRJ

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I woke up in the trenches with the smell of mustard gas
Stench of fallen comrades all around
Such a handsome price you pay for the real estate of war
Ten thousand die for one square foot of ground

And here I am ....
Dragging myself through the bodies
Here I am ....
Bleeding, hungry and cold

I don't mind fighting for home
And I don't mind dying alone
But do I have to die - on the fields of Flanders

Hut two three four - hut two three four ..
Hut two three four - hut two three four ..

Guns had started speaking when I heard somebody scream
“If the armour plate don't stop them we'll catch hell”
Some men started running and I guess I fell behind
'Cause the last thing I remember was the shell ...

Here I am ..
Dragging myself through the bodies
Here I am ..
Bleeding, hungry and cold

I don't mind fighting for home
And I don't mind dying alone
But do I have to die - on the fields of Flanders

Hut two three four - hut two three four ..
Hut two three four - hut two ..
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And here I am ....
Dragging myself through the bodies
Here I am ....
Bleeding, hungry and cold

I don't mind fighting for home
And I don't mind dying alone
But do I have to die - on the fields of Flanders

On the fields of Flanders
On the fields of Flanders

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from Curios, released August 13, 2018
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric Guitars
Dave Worthington: Electric Guitars & Backing Vocals
Charles Kane: Bass Guitar
Glenn (Sparky) Walker: Drums & Backing Vocals, Military Marching Snare

Lyrics & Music (c) 1983 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2018
horacemedia@gmail.com

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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Currently calling Wetaskiwin, Canada home, Robert has just released his 4th CD, "Satyr's Day Parade". Saturn's a bit of a taskmaster and the upcoming release "Kizza Me Now" is moving along at breakneck speed. The rough mixes are changing as he prepares the songs for a live setting. Although the upcoming release is a ten song affair, all the songs will get a make-over. Make-over .. mix-over. xoRJ ... more

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