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Inspired by Wartime Farm, episode 3

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At least, I think it was episode 3 - the farmers dreading the visit by the man from the Min of Ag, who could take their land from them if he felt they weren't farming it well enough. We heard of the farmer who stayed put, was besieged and shot, and died later in hospital of his wounds. I wonder how many stories of that nature never got widely told? 

Tune's playing silly beggars on this one. Will catch up with scratch tracks soon, truly!

THERE’S A WAR ON

I walked the farm this morning as I’ve done these forty years

It’s not the bombs and bullets that inspires this sense of fear

And the fellow from the Ministry // he’s headed here

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

I spent the night out ploughing while he spent the night in bed

We’ve culled our cherished herds, done every damnfool thing they said

And if they mean to take my farm they’d better shoot me dead 

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

They said: ‘Plough!’ I said: ‘It’s marginal land, far too wet to turn.’ //

Too late now; they’re grading us today, that bridge is burned

            We’ve sown flax – though goodness knows if that will thrive, we’ve done our best //

            Bent our backs – jumped through all the hoops for this unwelcome guest

They don’t sow the crops, they don’t work the land but it’s them as calls the

Shots and it’s out of our hands         

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

You’ll find me in the farmyard with my dogs and with my gun

I’ve worked as hard as any since this bloody war’s begun

Here he comes to grade me... and tell me how I’ve done

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

I said don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

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Words by & © Talis Kimberley 1st October 2012
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On October 15th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC), willibald commented:
A lot of stories from that time never get told.

When we were working for Bedford Archaeology, we were given the use of a council house on a farm as a diggers hostel. The farm had two of these, originally built when the original large farmhouse was compulsorily purchased after the war, the farmer and his family had the other. He told me how there was one field where they were not allowed to deep plough, and that he could remember the reason for it. It turned out that there had been a big scrap metal drive for the war effort in the area but that the local authorities were unable (or, it was hinted, unwilling) to recycle the material. So large pits were dug and the whole lot buried. I often wondered just what might be hidden there.
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On October 17th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC), talis_kimberley replied:
Goodness! And we think we live in the age of cover-ups now... what a dreadful waste of peoples' energy and goodwill. Send this story to the local paper there?
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