It's The Winners Who Write History

It's the winners who write history at least that's what they say
That's how it was and that's how it is for it's always been that way
And the losers are forgotten and trampled in the dust
Even though they were outnumbered and even though their cause was just.

Man's inhumanity to man stil relevant today
And many of those who fight for truth and justice with their lives often pay
And despite centuries of lessons we haven't learnt yet
The war memorial says it all in the words 'lest we forget'

Lest we forget the men who died when the battle had been won
Not much use to the war mother who for years grieved for her son
And not much use to the soldier who lay in his dark grave
When he won't hear those standing near saying at least the man died brave.

Those who stand to gain the most from war from the battle far away
They only come to read the eulogy where the dead hero lay
But he won't hear their words of praise when they honour his name
And fame is little use to you if you must die for fame.

It's the winners who write history and the spoils of victory enjoy
But they did not fight in the battle where the brave young men did die
And the war memorial says it all in the words 'lest we forget'
And despite centuries of lessons we haven't learnt yet.

by Francis Duggan

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