A Ghost In The Trenches - Lyrics

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Move between the lines, a soldier breaking the confines

A force deployed from overseas, a war in foreign land await the eager recruits
And in their midst, among the men, a soldier with a different past return to his roots

Into battle, the gas has them pinned
Then this soldier invoke the spirits of the wind

Under fire, a ghost that roams the battlefield
Move between the lines, a soldier breaking the confines
Just another
Man and rifle, a marksman and a scout revealed
Makes his way from trench to trench alone, moving undetected

And on the fields of Passchendaele, a guiding light for reinforcements finding their way
And in the Battle of the Scarpe, bring ammo over no mans land and fire away

In the battle, the gas had them pinned
Pegahmagabow invoked the spirits of the wind

Under fire, a ghost that
Under fire, a ghost that roams the battlefield
Move between the lines, a soldier breaking the confines
Just another
Man and rifle, a marksman and a scout revealed
Makes his way from trench to trench alone, moving undetected

Francis stayed and fought throughout the war, made his way until the end alive

Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström
Historic fact
First Nations’ scout and marksman Francis “Peggy” Pegahmagabow, credited with killing 378 Germans and capturing 300 more, was one of Canada’s most decorated soldiers and the deadliest sniper of World War I. He earned his notoriety in the Second Battle of Ypres where he established his reputation as a sniper and scout infiltrating German trenches, the Second Battle of Passchendaele when he led a lost battalion of reinforcements into position, and the Battle of Scarpe when he braved heavy machine gun fire to resupply his company with enough ammunition to hold their defensive position. Francis enlisted in August 1914 and stayed until after the war ended in 1919 effectively serving and surviving the entire war before returning home.