Ben Cobey

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Poor young Ben,
Poor young Ben,
Fought the same war,
Died the same death,
Poor young Ben

 

In 1895 he’s Maldon born,
In 1895 he’s Maldon born,
On the wrong side of the sheets,
His Mother’s on her own,
Poor young Ben

 

Sent as cannon fodder for the cause,
Sent as cannon fodder for the cause,
Two days after landing lying dead on a foreign shore,
Poor young Ben

 

Fifteen months without a word went by,
Fifteen months without a word went by,
Fifteen months before they said,
Your only boy has died,
Poor young Ben.

 

A Mother’s name’s not good enough I’ve heard.
A Mother’s name’s not good enough I’ve heard.
Only boys with a Father’s name get the medal they deserve,
Poor young Ben.

 

I swear to God I heard his dying breath,
I swear to God I heard his dying breath,
Will no medal or memorial,
Witness the birth or death,
Of poor young Ben?