Soldier Boy

Soldier Boy Shrewsbury Angel

“Soldier Boy, he’s seen enough of War..”

An image of a very young man walking through a field came to me. A teenager full of the joys of life and just being. Somewhere in the countryside, early 1900’s, England. Before any knowledge or consciousness of the coming of the First World War – the War that was to end all Wars..

And so I wrote Soldier Boy in the Winter of 2007. “Summer day, he walks through the fields…”. Later in the song the “He” and “We” refers to all of us, mankind.

Soldier Boy – live performance

Joan Walsh – Songwriter – Vocals and Guitar.

Here recorded live in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim in 2011 by Aisling Blackburn for Cavan Community Radio.

A young Irish family man came up to me after I sang this song. He was an ex-soldier. He shared his thoughts on hearing my song.

All Rights for Copyright Retained by Joan Walsh. IMRO member.

Soldier Boy – studio recording

Joan Walsh – Songwriter – Vocals and Guitar.

Here is a one off studio recording done in 2009, the same time as I recorded Biddy Early @ Lake Recording Studio, Co. Roscommon. Only one take, unfortunately. I make small mistakes with tripping over a chord and over two words – he’ll was meant to be we’ll, so I removed the he’ll. I have tried to fix as best I could here using Audacity. It will do grand for now.

 All Rights for Copyright Retained by Joan Walsh. IMRO member.

Lyrics and music for “Soldier Boy” penned by Joan Walsh © December 2007. Copyrighted. Registered with IMRO 2007.

Joan Walsh 2014

Soldier Boy featured on the “Say What?” radio show 14th November 2020 @ Cosmic Reality Radio


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