The Peat Bog Soldiers (sung by Luke Kelly) see FILMS

The Peat Bog Soldiers, sung here by Luke Kelly of The Dubliners, is one of Europe’s best-known resistance anthems and was popular with German volunteers during the Spanish Civil War. Die Moorsoldaten (The Peat Bog Soldiers – Le Chant Des Marais in French) was written and first sung by socialist, anarchist and communist prisoners in the Nazi concentration camp of Borgermoor in Lower Saxony in 1933. Rudi Goguel, the composer, described its first performance thus: ‘The sixteen singers, mostly members of the Solinger workers choir, marched in holding spades over the shoulders of their green police uniforms (our prison uniforms at the time). I led the march, in blue overalls, with the handle of a broken spade for a conductor’s baton. We sang and by the end of the second verse nearly all of the thousands of prisoners present gave voice to the chorus. With each verse, the chorus became more powerful and, by the end, the SS – who had turned up with their officers – were also singing, apparently because they too thought themselves “peat bog soldiers”.’   Peat Bog Soldiers (MP3 and Lyrics) See also FILMS


Peat Bog Soldiers

Far and wide as the eye can wander,

Heath and bog are everywhere.

Not a bird sings out to cheer us.

Oaks are standing gaunt and bare.

We are the peat bog soldiers,

Marching with our spades to the moor.

We are the peat bog soldiers,

Marching with our spades to the moor.

Up and down the guards are marching,

No one, no one can get through.

Flight would mean a sure death facing,

Guns and barbed wire block our view.

We are the peat bog soldiers,

Marching with our spades to the moor.

We are the peat bog soldiers,

Marching with our spades to the moor.

But for us there is no complaining,

Winter will in time be past.

One day we shall rise rejoicing.

Homeland, dear, you’re mine at last.

No more the peat bog soldiers

Will march with our spades to the moor.

No more the peat bog soldiers

Will march with our spades to the moor.