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Artist:Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
Desc:The first single of the new Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! album.
Category:Music Videos, Country - Western - Folk
Tags:corb lund, horse soldier, i wanna be in the cavalry
Submitted:Sean Robinson
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Comment count is 10
Sean Robinson - 2008-01-09
A bit of a meh video, but a catchy as hell tune in a Poguesy sort of way.
MattG - 2008-01-09
Calvary is the place where the legends tell of Jesus getting crucified.

The army guys who ride horses are Cavalry. The Cav.
Sean Robinson - 2008-01-09
What are you talking about? You are a crazy person.

Cap'n Profan!ty - 2008-01-09
"Send me off to war" = kill Native Americans

Diogenes - 2008-01-09
I'm just glad they're not wearing gray uniforms.

Sean Robinson - 2008-01-09
Another lyric from the album:

I'm a horse soldier, eternal, through and through.
I's with Custer and the 7th in '76 or '77,
Scalped at Little Big Horn by the Sioux,
And the pain and desperation of a once proud warrior nation,
This I know 'cause I was riding with them too.

Also, the last track is a reprise of "I Wanna Be in the Cavalry," in which the lyrics describe how the soldiers in this video are brutally slaughtered without grace or honour.

locustmotive - 2008-01-10
It's a two-part song. And it's about the Civil War.

I Wanna Be In the Cavalry: Reprise.

I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war
I wanna good steed under me like my forefathers before

Courageous at first we took their worst, our positions we held stout
We clung to belief and we hung on the speech from our trusted leaders’ mouths
Overwhelming odds and a hopeless cause and our cities overrun
There were them that said we was badly led and God were we outgunned

I lost count of the worthy mounts that from under me were cut
My favourite mare with her head in the air took the cannons in her gut
In the first two weeks on that bloody creek my brother lost his arm
Was only sixty days till all we prayed was get us home unharmed

O for the day that we signed our names and the well that we were wished
The men’s congrats and the pats on the backs and the ladies that we kissed
The band that played and the grande parade and the patriotic shouts
All faded fast, didn't even last till the uniforms wore out

And there were none to replace nor to help us face the winters cold and bleak
That chilled to the bone the pneumonia prone and froze our bootless feet
Then the typhoid hit with its fevered fits, TB and dysentery
That proved in the end to have killed more men than the vilest enemy

We were finally forced to feed on horse and carcass we could scrounge
When the wagons stopped and we’d burnt their crops to charred and barren ground
With morale in doubt and our pride run out no honour did I see
All I seen were a thousand dreams piled dead in front of me

I wanna be in the cavalry if the send me off to war
I wanna be in the cavalry but I won’t ride home no more

gotterdamm - 2008-01-10
I love it when POE turns me on to new music. Good stuff.
Camonk - 2008-01-27
Hey, I liked it. And I don't like ANY music videos.
GravidWithHate - 2008-11-29
"The riderless horse or caparisoned horse (in reference to its ornamental coverings, which have a detailed protocol all to themselves) is the single riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups that follows the caisson carrying the casket in a funeral procession."

From Wikipedia.

Brilliant bit of symbolism that.

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