Saturday, March 11, 2006

Oh England, My Lionheart (1978) – Kate Bush

A World War II British fighter pilot lays dying on the moor, having crashed in his Spitfire aircraft which sustained considerable damage from a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 in the Battle of Britain. The injuries he suffered are fatal, but he is allowed a few moments of waning life to bid farewell to his beloved country. He envisions peace in days to come, fondly recalling the tranquility of days gone by. But, ever the patriot, even in his final moments he reminds himself that his cause was noble and just, solemnizing this reflection upon one’s life—and the affirmation of one’s deeds—as a prelude to death.

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