There’s a couple of songs that really hit me emotionally and they’re both connected to my time as a soldier, which was a big part of my life.
I was a member of her Majesty’s Armed Forces from 1971-1977. During that time, I felt a lot of things. There were happy times; I could be elated. But I also felt terrified, confused and disillusioned, continuously. When I hear “I don’t wanna talk about it” it takes me back to that time as a young man.
To this day, I’m moved by the futility of war. Willie McBride, or the Green Fields of France, really sums it up for me. It’s about one young man who was killed in the first world war and it’s about the futility of the slaughter during that war and the second world war and all the conflicts since. It’s really powerful and really beautiful.