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  1. Mother's Arms

From the album The Anzac Day Kit

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'Mother's Arms' focusses on the tragedy and loss associated with war. It is part of our Anzac Day Kit. Which contains 4 songs, music scores, movies/slide shows and an easy to use but moving ceremony.

Lyrics

Mother’s Arms (J Littrich, N McCann, P McGee)
Dear Mrs Johnson, you won’t know me.
But I knew your son Charlie and he asked of me
To write you and tell you what happened that day.
When the war took your Charlie away.
We were out in the front line, in the trenches and mud.
The shells they were screaming, there were bullets and blood.
But Charlie stood firm, yes Charlie stood brave.
The day the war took your Charlie away.
We were young and strong, from the cities and farms, far from our mothers’ arms.
Over the bags and out into hell.
We charged blindly forward as around us men fell.
Then Charlie called out, knocked me down to my knees,
Took a bullet that was headed for me.
I held Charlie close as his life slipped away.
He talked of old times and his home far away.
Of a mother who loved him and his life on the farm.
So far from his mother’s arms.
We were young and strong, from the cities and farms, far from our mothers’ arms.
From our mother’s arms, from our mother’s arms, far from our mother’s arms.
Then Charlie said Jack, will you write to my mum?
Tell her I’m sorry that I won’t be home.
But my spirit will always be there on the farm.
Safe in my mother’s arms.
We buried Charlie later that day.
The captain said speak if you’ve got something to say.
So I said “Charlie, rest boy, fear no more harm.
You’re safe in your mother’s arms.
In your mother’s arms, in your mother’s arms, safe in your mother’s arms.” (x 2.)