Lyrics, or the words that make up a song, are one of the most important aspects of a song and present information and the meaning behind a song. The lyrics of the songs of World War I give researchers and history scholars an insight into the situations the men faced, their job duties, thoughts and feelings toward the war and their job in the war, and ultimately their opinions expressed through song. One song titled, “The Reason Why” explains the bitter feelings of why the men were there fighting. The song states, “We’re here because we’re here, because we’re here because we’re here” (Fussell p.83). The meaning behind t...
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... kind of hope for the future and some men found that in music by playing musical instruments and writing or singing lyrics to songs that they support and agree with the meaning behind. Music has a timeless limitation that all men, no matter what the situation, language, race or gender can relate with and can find some sort of courage or expression with in. It can be understood at any level and creates no boundaries in times of joy, in times of sorrow, and even the harshest times of war.
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"Christmas Truce of 1914." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 5 Dec. 2014.
Fussell, Paul, ed. The Norton Book of Modern War. New York: Norton, 1991. Print.
Weintraub, Stanley. Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce. New York: Free, 2001. Print.
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