Belleau Wood- Garth Brooks

One of my all time favorite Christmas song is not a traditional carol.  It’s also one song that always makes me cry. That being said, it should be no surprise then that it is a song with historical significance.  The Christmas Truce of WWI is a piece of history that has always intrigued me.  I was looking up exactly which countries took part in the truce and just realized that this is the 100th anniversary.    The Guardian published photos of the re-inactment on this anniversary 

The History channel has some nice information as well.  

and if you want to see a full length movie, I recommend, Joyeux Noel.  I have the movie on DVD, but could only find it for free on You Tube in sections. 

The video at the bottom has some very nice photos.  I chose this instead of the live version of Garth Brooks singing it.  

 Belleau Wood  

Written by Garth Brooks and Joe Henry

Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence
Over Belleau Wood that night
For a Christmas truce had been declared
By both sides of the fight
As we lay there in our trenches
The silence broke in two
By a German soldier singing
A song that we all knew

Though I did not know the language
The song was “Silent Night”

Then I heard my buddy whisper,
“All is calm and all is bright”
Then the fear and doubt surrounded me
‘Cause I’d die if I was wrong
But I stood up in my trench
And I began to sing along

Then across the frozen battlefield
Another’s voice joined in
Until one by one each man became
A singer of the hymn

Then I thought that I was dreaming
For right there in my sight
Stood the German soldier
‘Neath the falling flakes of white
And he raised his hand and smiled at me
As if he seemed to say
Here’s hoping we both live
To see us find a better way

Then the devil’s clock struck midnight
And the skies lit up again
And the battlefield where heaven stood
Was blown to hell again

But for just one fleeting moment
The answer seemed so clear
Heaven’s not beyond the clouds
It’s just beyond the fear

No, heaven’s not beyond the clouds
It’s for us to find it here

 

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