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Kate Bush Army Dreamers Lyrics

Last updated: 08/23/2012 12:34:27 PM

"B.F.P.O.*"
Army dreamers.
"Mammy's hero."
"B.F.P.O."
"Mammy's hero."

Our little army boy
Is coming home from B.F.P.O.
I've a bunch of purple flowers
To decorate a mammy's hero.

Mourning in the aerodrome,
The weather warmer, he is colder.
Four men in uniform
To carry home my little soldier.

"What could he do?
Should have been a rock star."
But he didn't have the money for a guitar.
"What could he do?
Should have been a politician."
But he never had a proper education.
"What could he do?
Should have been a father."
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste --
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.

Tears o'er a tin box.
Oh, Jesus Christ, he wasn't to know,
Like a chicken with a fox,
He couldn't win the war with ego.

Give the kid the pick of pips,
And give him all your stripes and ribbons.
Now he's sitting in his hole,
He might as well have buttons and bows.

"What could he do?
Should have been a rock star."
But he didn't have the money for a guitar.
"What could he do?
Should have been a politician."
But he never had a proper education.
"What could he do?
Should have been a father."
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste --
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of all that
Army dreamers,
Army dreamers,
Army dreamers, oh...

("B.F.P.O.")
Did-n-did-n-did-n-dum...
Army dreamers.
Did-n-did-n-did-n-dum...
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
Army Dreamers.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
No harm heroes.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
Army dreamers.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
No harm heroes.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
Mammy's darling.
("Mammy's hero.")

[*--"B.F.P.O.": British Forces Posted Overseas.]




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beautiful and haunting | Reviewer: Joe Fish | 8/23/12

In just a few words, Kate sums up how the dreams we have can go horribly wrong. This isn't a dig at the forces, but rather at the politicians than command them and at the time of writing how many young men were on the scrap heap and sometimes ended up in the army because there was nothing else and the advertising at the time made it look like an adventure....reminds me of the Falklands, like Southampton Dock by Pink Floyd.

BFPO | Reviewer: Ella | 12/27/11

How on earth can anyone have any faith in your interpretation of Kate's lyrics when you are unable to even spend 2 minutes of your time to find out what BFPO stood for??? Bet you don't print this. Don't worry, I shall make sure that everyone knows you are a fraud.

What a song. | Reviewer: Vonwozza | 3/22/11

Didn't realy get into it untill I saw the film clip. 50 people can listen yo the same thing and come away with different views. I thought it hit the nail on the head but our experiences in life can taint our views and we all live individual lives. Song and clip were fantastic but i couldn't understand all the lyrics untill I found this site. The clip put the song in perspective for me but what is the Major in the background saying?

grieving in the aerodrome | Reviewer: stef | 2/9/11

i dont think people should take these lyrics to be an attack on british foreign policy, then or now. they are simply an account of one mothers grief on the death of her son. this song doesnt even go so far of placing the lyrics in the first-person, in the old songwriting tradition of implying first-person involvement for emotional impact.

nice concise lyrics, neatly telling the story and no more. just two verses and two choruses, no bridge or deviation. "grieving in the aerodrome" being my favourite line.

Bit of a snipe | Reviewer: Jim | 1/24/11

I love Kate Bush, but can’t help but feel like this is a bit of a snipe on her behalf. Not all soldiers join because they are thick or poor and it’s all they can do; there are soldiers who hold degrees, that are more qualified than their officers. Some join because they want a life that you can’t get anywhere else. When I think about the time it was written, and her Irish roots, I get the impression it was a low blow to men in the green suit.

It Hurts | Reviewer: Findlay | 8/4/10

I think Kate Bush is an incredible artist and I love her music. To listen and watch Army Dreamers though was painful. I understand people and artists in particular have long expressed anti-war views, and that's fine, but I just hope that this doesn't diminish or demean soldiers.
My father was a soldier who was fortunate to live till relatively old age. I miss him very much and guard vigorously his legacy. My interpretation of Army Dreamers is that it's an attack of sorts on him and all soldiers, and that hurts.

What Does It All Mean | Reviewer: Graham | 6/18/10

Unfortunately although i love the song and music what does the term "Army Dreamers" ACTUALLY MEAN?
I understand the lyrics, the time when it was originaly recorded but i cannot understand the phrase "Army Dreamers" does it mean people in the armed forces are dreamers or the Mother wihout child is dreaming of him?Or young children dream of being in the army or being a soldier totaly unaware of the brutality of conflict?

goodness me ... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/21/10

have none of you ever listened to music properly !!!! m
This is one of the most brilliant, dedicating songs that anyone has written and performed in such a long time, regarding the wars ... WORLD WAR 1 & 2 ...
EVERYTHING about this song is absolutely magnificient, despite what anyone else says: the WW1 & WW2, unfortunately, do need some recognition - or would we all rather forget EVERYONE whose life was used as a roll of toilet paper, just to see whose country was bigger/better than the other/s ???
FUCKIN WAKE UP WORLD !!!!! THIS IS A TOTAL PAY OF HOMAGE TO THOSE WHO WERE FORCED TO WASTE THEIR EXISTENCE IN SOME USELESS FIGHT WITH BULLETS, et alle, OVER AN EGOTISTICAL DREAM OF RULING THE WORLD, COMING FROM THE GOVERNMENTS BELIEFS FROM WHEREVER THEY HAPPENED TO BE BORN !!!
Shall we all learn and grow up together ???

army dreamers | Reviewer: SOPHIE | 3/28/08

This is one of those songs that i had to look at the lyrics to really work out what they mean.

but once i had i think its fascinating.
the words really fit.
and even though it was written a while ago it still shows the Army as it is at the moment.
they dont know what they are getting themselfs in for.
but yes i really love this song.
Kate bush is cool to :) weird voice

just cry | Reviewer: neba | 11/22/07

the voce and the lirics are like the sun with blue sky; when i reed the lirics i just cry.
very expresive.

Kate Bush is AWESOME :] | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/30/07

Kate Bush is still one of my favorite singers of all time. In all her songs the lyricks are written with meaning and purpose, instead of just throwing some words together because they rhyme. Thanks for the lyricks :]

Army Dreamers | Reviewer: Robyn and Suzie. from Broughton Astley | 7/6/07

Kate Bush is amazin! We are both doing this song in our school talent contest thnx 4 the lyrics! We were goin 2 do Wutherin Heights but army dreamers stood out more!!! Wish us luck!!!

Army Dreamers | Reviewer: Robyn | 7/5/07

Hi, I think you have got the lyrics incorrect at the bit... He couldn't win the war with ego. I think it is He couldn't win the war AT ego.
Any way Kate bush is the bst eva, i am 11 and will be doin this in the school talent contest. Thnx 4 the lyrics!!!
Robyn

Army Dreamers | Reviewer: Bradley Duncan | 2/4/07

Im 11 yearsold and my mate call me for this song but i think it is so great. i hate songs without a meaning. But this does. 10/10 :D

Powerful song, hard to listen to | Reviewer: Howard | 4/4/06

With two young sons in the military, one serving in Afghanistan, this song which has had so much meaning to me as a baby boomer is harder to listen to as I try and come to grips with the fact that in spite of the attempts at peaceful approaches sometimes we have to make peace in a hard and costly way.

The word are so poignently accurate in describing athe terrible side of a soldiers return home. The background military rhythm and sounds are way to real to sit comfortably with me now.

Yet more than ever I feel we must support our men and women in theatre as long as our country is involved in seeking a longterm peace.