The debut single for The Seadragons “24th Of April” is out now on BandCamp.
The song is based on a true story…
“The origin of this story took place back in 1991, on the 24th of April, Anzac Day eve. I was at the front bar of the Lord Melbourne Hotel in North Adelaide attending SCALA (Songwriter, Composers and Lyricist Association) when this complete stranger just started talking to me telling me how his father, a war veteran, had died that day.
As the song says, it wasn’t so much that he was upset but moreso proud of his dad for serving our country and grateful for him being not just a good dad but also a good friend. Of course there’s a little bit of artistic licence in my translation of what was said but that was more for lyrical purposes rather than to try to over dramatise what was actually said or happened.
Things like him leaving me a few dollars for a drink, for example. That’s 100% exactly as it happened, and given that I don’t drink alcohol I did in fact buy myself a beer and was left with the conundrum about what to do with the change. However, that decision was soon made for me with one of those charity boxes sitting on the bar and for my few silver coins I got one of those little plastic ‘Rising Sun’ lapel stick pins that I still have.
I remember getting home that night and literally scribbling down the words more or less exactly as they are today with the most notable change being the last couple of lines, “to the end, they remain.” These were taken from a well known WWI poem written by Robert Laurence Binyon called, For The Fallen as they too are used to end that piece. I think other than ending the song on a solemn note the way they’re phrased leads well into the use of The Last Post which is how the song leads out.
Despite these words being written 27 years ago, in so many ways the words are very much still relevant. I can’t remember what war this guy’s father had fought in but since then of course there’s been so many more conflicts that have involved Australian troops. And then there’s those who had fought in Korea or Vietnam, they’re now of an age where they too are dying of natural causes and other than leaving sons and daughters of their own behind, they too have left their legacy that generations to come will be proud of. So, yeah. I do believe that this song can be seen as timeless.”
Proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the former Ward 17, Repatriation General Hospital.