“They Fell”

This is a complete change of pace in so many ways.  Charles Aznavour made this song very popular a long time ago and not only is it a lesson in world history, but it is also a very sad and very moving song. Enjoy and, if the event is not familiar to you, accept a brief melodic  history lesson!

“They Fell”

They fell that year they vanished from the earth
Never knowing the cause
Or what laws they’d offended

The women fell as well
And the babies they tendered
Left to die, left to cry
All condemned by their birth

They fell like rain
Across the thirsty land
In their heart they were slain
In their God still believing
All their pity and pain

In that season of grieving
All in vain, all in vain
Just for one helping hand
For no one heard their prayers
In a world bent on pleasure
From other peoples cares

They simply closed their eyes
They create a lot of sound
In jazz and rag time measure
The trumpets screamed till dawn
To drown the children’s cries

They fell like leaves
Its people in its prime
Simple men, kindly men
And not one knew his crime

They became in that hour
Like a small desert flower
Soon covered by the silent wind
In sands of time

They fell that year
Before a cruel foe
They had little to give
But their lives and their passion

And their longing to live
In their way, in their fashion
So their harvest could
Thrive, and their children could grow

They fell like flies
Their eyes still full of sun
Like a dove its flight
In the path of a rifle

That falls down were it might
That holds on with its might
As if death were a trifle
And to bring to an end

A life barely begun and I am of that race
Who died in unknown places
Who perished in their pride
Whose blood in rivers ran

In agony and flight
With courage on their faces
They went into the night
That waits for every man

They fell like tears
And never knew what for
In that summer of strife
Of massacre and war

Their only crime was life
There only guilt was being
The children of Armenia
Nothing less nothing more

9 thoughts on ““They Fell”

    • Sadly, while I think that most of us condemn senseless killings like that, many will eventually justify repeating it in the name of nationalism or similar. Even the denial by some countries to help refugees who are fleeing for their lives is disgusting. We hear arguments here along the lines of “Don’t let any more refugees into Canada because they will take our jobs!” It is a pretty dismal perspective that one’s job is more important than another person’s life.

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