07 February 2016
‘Marching Heroes’ was composed by a Year 8 music class as part of a project on ‘ Song Writing’.
They wrote the lyrics in groups after brainstorming ideas and then music was composed mainly by Jessica Forsyth.
The keyboard was used as the accompaniment because we liked the marching beat (which fits
with the story of the song) and the trumpet was used for the sound of the bugle calls.
On the recording, the whole class sang the chorus and outro and Jessica sang the verses solo.
Listen to the song here
The men are going, don’t know if they’ll be back
We waved them off as they marched down the track
I’m only twelve, it’s just me and my mam
I want my Dad home as soon as he can
Children growing up without their fathers
Often all they have to eat is bread and water
Food is short and life is hard
I wish my Dad was here and we didn’t have to part
We hear the planes flying way up high
We hide in the shelter where it’s warm and dry
Bombs fall, turning houses to rubble
Then we know we are in big trouble
Looking at the picture of my Dad
Crying in the dark because I feel so sad
Wondering if he’s alive or dead
There could be deadly bullets shooting past his head
We want you home
Safe and sound
We’ll be here
Have no fear