Take A Ride - Track 10 - North Nova Blues

© Copyright 2011 Ghostrider and The Allied Horns
North Nova Blues - 4:53  |  Morse SOCAN/BMI
 


Well they came from town and country
and went off to fight the war,
Yeah they came from town and country
and went off to fight the war,
and they sailed straight into hell there
on the 6th of June of 44.

First they went to England
to meet the King and Lee Enfield,
First they went to England
to meet the King and Lee Enfield,
come Operation D Day, their history and fate was sealed.

Soldier on North Novie, the proud, the brave, the few,
No Retreating Footsteps, just them old North Nova Blues.

I can see momma cookin' in the kitchen, I can see this might be my last ride,
about now Papa'd be milkin' Daisy, while the eggs and bacon fry,
and I can't wait to see my sweetheart, if I ever get back home alive.

And as we race toward the thunder, fire and flak and aircraft fill the sky
the Norman coast is red with blood now, on the beach , on the guns and on the tide
cause the bombs and lead and shrapnel, doesn't care who lives or dies.

Soldier on North Novie, the proud, the brave, the few,
No Retreating Footsteps, just them old North Nova Blues....
No Retreating Footsteps, just them old North Nova Blues. (hey)


© Copyright 2011 Ghostrider and The Allied Horns

More often than not a song of this nature and subject matter would typically be crafted into a ballad. I wanted to capture the gravity and heart pounding tension of the situation as well as touch on a bit of North Novie history. Shipped over to England in 1941, the Regiment finally landed on Juno beach on France's Normandy coast at approximately 10:30 AM GMT June 6th, 1944. At this hour the folks back home would just be starting their day which is relected in the line "I can see mama cookin' in the kitchen..."

Following D Day the regiment would fight battle after battle all the way to Berlin and concluding in the fall of the Nazi's Third Reich. The North Novie's history during this period is quite a tale of heartbreaks and triumphs.

I've always had an affinity for the N.N.H.S. -"the boys"; perhaps because I, like them, grew up in rural and small town North Nova and cherish the gift that is our home as I know they did. Their sacrifices shall never be forgotten. - PM