When The Whistle Blows

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A more personal view on WW1 ‘When The Whistle Blows’ is a song about Pete Riley's granddad, Robert Wilson who survived and returned from the WW1 trenches. His wife Lidia Wilson, who died earlier this year at the ripe old age of 103, can be heard recounting his experiences at The Somme.

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Part 1

From Cumberland to Gallipoli
The Eden to the Somme
Young boys on a journey
They’d been called upon

The call that came from Kitchener
Was coloured by their pride
For Glory, King and Country
Such unfamiliar lies

So they answered the call
And the rain would fall
Red the river flows
When the whistle blows


He hated all the generals
Can’t you see what you have done?
Sending burning flying steel through flesh and bone
Of another mother’s son

So the tables turned (You’ll only hear what we want you to hear)
While the home fires burned (You’ll only hear what we want you to hear)
Red the river flows (You’ll only hear what we want you to hear)
When the whistle blows


Part 2

You take the shilling you’re ours day and night
So go on the whistle you’re here to fight
Over the top while we play our games
Do as you’re ordered and fall like rain

From the man that returned not a word has been said
About 14 to 18 or the blood that was shed
The nightmares may fade but the scars never heal
So silence remained over Flanders fields

So they answered the call
And the rain would fall

Then the field would fall silent
Just the sound of a lone voice in no man’s land
Barely out of school with his life on the line
And he’s calling out for his mother’s hand

So they answered the call
And the rain would fall
Red the river flows
When the whistle blows

A hand full of medals a picture or two
Remind us forever of what he went through
Robert Wilson a father, a son
His childhood ended at the Somme with a gun

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from RAIN, released November 11, 2013

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