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Mutiny. By The Levellers

On 4 October 1917, British soldier Jesse Robert Short was shot for mutiny. The Levellers wrote a song about him.

Mutiny: Lyrics

For us to carry on
To fight and die as we have done
With the whips and prayers to face the machine guns
We are mutiny so they say
We've gone against the king today

As i write to you my love, I'll be gone out of all that's dear to me
For two years now we've fought and died for home with bravery
Now the bulls have pulled me down. There's no way out for me
As i leave this damn discrace, keep a good name for me

Love can't you see this
I'm not as I was before, love please believe this
I'm Jesse Robert Short

I stared the captain in the eyes
And they told me that he'd never seen the front line
That bugger ought to have a rope around his neck
And thrown in the river
Did i say these words that have cast me down
Well i really can't remember
With my back hard tied to the post
Oh that black September
As i leave this damn disgrace remember me forever

Love can't you see this
I'm not as I was before, love please believe this
I'm Jesse Robert Short

Dina i just want peace, for you and all good souls
I'd like to say that i died for you but, war has no common goals

Love can't you see this
I'm not as I was before, love please believe this
I'm Jesse Robert Short

Love can't you see this
I'm not as I was before, love please believe this
I'm Jesse Robert Short