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To commemorate the Centennial of the 1918 Armistice
that was meant to end "the War to end all Wars"
First released in 2007, on the 90th anniversary of the Battle, this politically charged track (and video) takes a dim view of Vimy Ridge. Unlike much of the narrative that has defined Vimy as the battle that "gave birth to our nation", Son Roberts sings about the catastrophe as a pointless blood bath that had virtually no impact on the outcome of the War.
"Vimy had nothing to do with creating the nation of Canada. As for the monument itself, it's just an enormous grave marker casting a shadow over the obliterated remains of the forgotten men who died on those killing fields, for nothing."
Son Roberts - composer/vocals
John Crosbie - guitar
Ed Roth - accordion
Hap Rodermam - bass
Sergio Faluotico - drums
Background singers Kate Roberts, Gail Roberts, Karla Goldstein, and Nancy McGovern