Bryan Adams: Remembrance Day
Quiz #: 2804
Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Description: Vancouver's artist-photographer, Bryan Adams creates a moving tribute
to the Canadian soldiers who died serving their country during The
Great War, 1914-1918.
In Flander's Fields
In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with we who die
We shall not sleep though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Dr. John McCrae
December 8, 1915
Remembrance Day, the song:
For the king and our country and the promise of glory
They came from Kingston and Brighton to fight on the front line
Just lads from the farms and boys from the cities
Not meant to be soldiers, we lay in the trenches
We'd face the fighting with a smile, or so we said
If only we could know what danger lay ahead
The sky turned to grey as we went into battle
On the fields of Europe, young men were fallin'
I'll be back for you some day, it won't be long
If I can just hold on 'til this bloody war is over
The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
There'll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day
By October of 18, Cambrai had fallen
Soon the war will be over, and we'd be returning
Don't forget me when I'm gone, far away
Well, it won't be long 'til I'm back there in your arms again
The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day There'll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day Pray for that day!
One day soon, I don't know when
You know we'll all be free, and the bells of peace will ring again
The time will come, for you and me
We'll be going home when this bloody war is ended
The guns will be silent, on Remembrance Day
We'll all say a prayer, on Remembrance Day.
On Remembrance Day. Say a little prayer, on Remembrance Day
Well, the guns will be silent; oh, there'll be no more fighting
We'll lay down our weapons on Remembrance Day
On Remembrance Day
songwriter: Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance
performed by: Bryan Adams
date released: 1987 by Bryan Adams
Singer-songwriter, artist and photographer Bryan Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1959. His parents were British. A diplomat, Adams' father travelled around the world with his family, so Bryan spent his youth growing up in Europe and the Middle East. Part of his childhood was spent in Birre, Portugal, where he learned the Portuguese language. In 1973, the Adams family returned to Canada and settled in North Vancouver, the city Bryan would regard as home.
As a child, Bryan was fond of music and in his teens, he worked in many part-time jobs to support his music habit. Much to the chagrin of his parents, he quit school so he could sing in nightclubs with various bands. Fortunately, he met Jim Vallance working in a record store, and the two set a course in songwriting which changed the face of Canadian music. By the time Bryan Adams was eighteen, he had already signed a recording contract with A&M Records in Toronto for the head-spinning sum of one dollar.
The eighties brought success to the songwriting team of Adams-Vallance. 'Cuts Like A Knife' was their breakout album soaring up the record charts in Canada and the U.S. "Reckless" soon followed to consolidate Adams's fame. By the nineties, Adams was established as a major international recording star.
The album, 'Into The Fire' which contained 'Remembrance Day' was Adams' fifth studio album. Released in 1987, the music was the spark which started the 'Into The Fire' worldwide tour.
'Everything I Do, I Do It For You' was released in 1991 to feature in the film, 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'. In the same year, he won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television. Adams would go on to write songs for several other films including 'Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron', 'The Guardian' and 'Don Juan de Marcos'.
Even as his busy songwriting and recording schedule did not abate, Adams found the time to develop his passion for photography. His artistic efforts have been picked up by various fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar. Many of his recording peers have been the models for the lens of his camera which also led to CD covers and other publications of his oeuvre. In 2002, Adams was chosen in an elite coterie of photographers to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee. This image became a national stamp in Canada in that year. Museums which have exhibitions of Adams's work are endless: the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, and the Leica Gallery in Vienna to name a few.
His success in so many artistic endeavors gave way to the formation of The Bryan Adams Foundation which advances education and learning opportunities for disadvantaged children around the world. The foundation is completely funded by the proceeds of Adams's photographic activities. In the way of his photographic exhibitions, his list of charitable activities is endless.
It is not surprising that many awards and accolades have accompanied Adams' career. In a grand total of 87 nominations, he has won: 3 Grammy Awards for his work on the Robin Hood soundtrack, 18 Juno Awards, 1 American Music Award, and 1 MTV Video Music Award. Bryan Adams was inducted into Canada's Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The pinnacle to his civilian life as a Canadian arrived when he was honoured by receiving membership in the Order of British Columbia as well as the Order of Canada for his contribution to popular music and philanthropic efforts.
Bryan Adams: Remembrance Day
Quiz #: 2804
For ___ and our country and the promise of glory,
They came from Kingston and Brighton ___ on the front line.
Just lads from ___ and boys from the cities.
Not meant to be ______, we lay in the trenches.
We'd face the fighting with ___, or so we said.
If only we ____ what danger lay ahead.
The sky turned to grey as we went into _____.
On _____ of Europe, young men were fallin'.
I'll be back for you some day, it ______
If I can just hold on 'til this bloody ___ is over.
CHORUS: The guns will be ____ on Remembrance Day.
There'll be no more fighting on _________ Day.
By _____ of 18, Cambrai had fallen.
Soon the war ___ be over, and we'd be returning.
Don't forget me ________, far away.
Well, it won't be long ____ I'm back there in your arms again.
CHORUS: The guns ___ be silent on Remembrance Day. There'll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day. Pray for that day!
One day soon, I don't know ____.
You know we'll all be free, and the bells of ____ will ring again.
The ___ will come, for you and me.
We'll be going home when ___ is ended.
CHORUS: The ____ will be silent, on Remembrance Day.
We'll all say ____, on Remembrance Day. On Remembrance Day. Say a little prayer, on Remembrance Day.
Well, the guns will be silent; ______ be no more fighting.
We'll lay down ______, on Remembrance Day. On Remembrance Day.