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Falklands Lament


Lantern Swinger
Whilst clearing through a load of old papers recently, I came across a couple of MODMAIL Family Grams that my wife received when I was “down south†in ‘82 and tucked inside one of the news letters that were sent out by the boss of the squadron I was on, was an A5 sheet with a couple of poems written on it. I have no idea who wrote them – except that the initials “CM†are typed at the end. They are reproduced verboten below.

1. Falklands Lament
2. The Lion Awakes

Falklands Lament

It’s more than two months now since we left home
Called away by our duty o’er sea and o’er foam
Far away to the southward from our loved ones were sent
Separation which brought forth our Falklands lament

An Argentine dictator Galteiri by name
With his Junta are bringing their Country to shame
To win public acclaim his army he sent
Blood, not Freedom he brought to the Falklands, lament

His army ashore starving, freezing with cold
How many of them, lads but eighteen years old
Not professional soldiers, but conscripts he sent
It is fuel a’plenty for a Falklands lament

Our Task Group afloat on this southern swell
Fight their Army, Navy and Air Force as well
To the tasks we are given our soldiers are bent
We shall not be the cause of any Falklands lament

The Squadron it works well as part of the team
Days and weeks pass by as though part of a dream
We look with great longing to the letters you’ve sent
Your support helps to lessen this Falklands lament

Don’t be sad we are absent our thoughts are with you
As we think of your green fields and cloudless skies blue
Our prayers and our love via Heaven are sent
On our behalf, may you never, for Falklands lament

In Argentina they weep for ‘Evita’ Peron
Whilst to war all their young lads and kinfolk are gone
Not to fight for their Country by the Junta were sent
Don’t cry for me Argentina, but for Falklands lament

May our struggle for freedom in this land o’er the sea
Be rewarded by islands both happy and free
When the Lion of old England may homeward be sent
Not in shame, but in Glory, no more Falklands lament.

The ‘Lion Awake’

From U.S.S.R. to the U.S of A.
All now realise that in Falkland we’ll stay
As they watched our advance, on could guess what they said
Gee! That old British lion lay sleeping, not dead!

Galteiri, had just made his biggest mistake
With ‘Malvinas’ he hoped some more power he could rake
So he gathered his Junta, got them to agree
And sent forth his minions
Out east o’er the sea

To the Falklands they came and soon did over-run
Our few Marine soldiers who ne’er left their gun
The Islanders fears they said quickly they’d banish
As soon as they had them all speaking Spanish

But the Ministers in UK did not quite agree
With the Argentine version of democracy
They argued for weeks and diplomacy failed
So we gathered our kit and southward we sailed

We have lost some ships and a few of our men
The Argies must now know we will not give in
We have captured San Carlos, Darwin and Goose Green
Over the hillsides our red and green berets are seen

The Argies in Stanley behind sandbag and wall
Will soon be confronted by ‘the men from Nepal’
Any day now the Falklands will once more be free
And the Loin, still strong, will watch over the sea

O we’re maintaining freedom in this day and age
Whilst certain other countries watch our progress with rage
Our Armed Force strength let us never forget
And the sunlight of real freedom, on our world will not set.


War Hero
Super Moderator
If your interested 20th Century Battlefields on the Yesterday channel at 2100 tonight is the Falklands War.


War Hero
alacrity174 said:
BZ Shippers.
Any chance we can get Dave and his mates to have a read? Better yet get Maggie to read these to them.

I doubt that the dribbling old bitch can actually read out loud any more.

Thank God.


War Hero
Guzzler said:
alacrity174 said:
BZ Shippers.
Any chance we can get Dave and his mates to have a read? Better yet get Maggie to read these to them.

I doubt that the dribbling old bitch can actually read out loud any more.

Thank God.

Well there's always one and guzzler is both of todays.

Thanks for sunch an insightful comment


War Hero
Guzzler said:
alacrity174 said:
BZ Shippers.
Any chance we can get Dave and his mates to have a read? Better yet get Maggie to read these to them.

I doubt that the dribbling old bitch can actually read out loud any more.

Thank God.

She speaks highly of you, something like "Throw that janner twat off the top of the lighthouse on the Hoe" :lol:


War Hero
alacrity174 said:
sgtpepperband said:
Everyone is entitled to an opinion about Thatcher, Alacrity. I think the pieces in the OP are wonderful but I despise MT for reasons unconnected with this thread.

Anyway, some more Falklands poetry here: I miss

Exactly sgtp and mine is above. IMO comment distracts from the OP intention

Not really.

OP was about the Falklands conflict, you brought that woman into it.

She did not win that conflict - the British armed forces did.

Anyway don't want a row with a fellow 21 man!
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