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1[[quoteright:350:]]²²Eric Bogle is a folk singer-songwriter. He was born in Peebles, Scotland in 1944 and emigrated to Australia in 1969. He currently resides near Adelaide, South Australia.²²Bogle's songs cover a wide range of subjects and themes, including comedic songs (e.g. "The Aussie Bar-B-Q"), satires (e.g. "I Hate Wogs"), protest songs and serious songs about the human condition such as "Now I'm Easy". His most famous songs are "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", written in 1971, which tells of the ANZAC experience fighting in the Battle of Gallipoli, and "No Man's Land", which is also World War I-themed. "No Man's Land" is commonly known as "The Green Fields of France", a title it was first given by The Fureys, and which has subsequently been used in many further cover versions.²²Many of Bogle's songs have been covered by other artists; including John Schumann, June Tabor, The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Clancy Brothers, Music/TheDubliners, John [=McDermott=], Liam Clancy, Creator/MikeHarding, Music/ThePogues, Robert Lawrence, De Dannan, Dropkick Murphys, The Corries, Music/BillyBragg, The Bushwackers, Slim Dusty and John Williamson.²----²!!Tropes used in Eric Bogle's work include:²²* TheAllegedCar: The kombi van in "Eric and the Informers"²* AllGuitarsAreStratocasters: Averted in "Eric and the Informers" by Music/EricBogle, which is about his first ever band. In the chorus, in which he names the band members, he mentions both the Stratocaster and the seldom acknowledged Fender Telecaster:²-->''Teddy played the Telecaster,\²Tom played the Srat''²* AntiChristmasSong: "Santa Bloody Claus"²* AnArmAndALeg: In "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", the narrator loses his legs in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.²-->For I'll go no more waltzing Matilda,\²All around the green bush far and free\²To hump tents and pegs, a man needs both legs\²No more waltzing Matilda for me.²* BerserkButton: "Do You Sing Any Dylan?"²* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: "Beam Me Up, Scotty" declares "I'm stuck here in a place I do not care for" and "There must be intelligent life out there, I hope so, there's not much down here." ²* DearNegativeReader: "Bloody Rotten Audience" is presented as an InUniverse one of these by an embittered folk singer who's failed to win over the titular crowd, listing the different ways in which he's brilliant and how stupid the audience must be not to appreciate him. Performed live, this is both a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} and SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.²* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: "Daniel Smiling"²* EmbarrassingNickname: According to "Introduction Song", the members of the band's nicknames are 'Wee Short-Arse' (Eric), 'Garbage Guts' (Brent) and 'Old Dogs Balls' (Andy).²* FateWorseThanDeath: In "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", the narrator regards losing his leg as this.²-->Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,\²And when I woke up in my hospital bed,\²And saw what it had done, well I wished I was dead.\²Never knew there was worse things than dyin'.²* FilkSong: "Beam Me Up, Scotty!"²* FoodSongsAreFunny: "Aussie Bar-B-Q" and "Great Aussie Take-Away"²* FreudianSlip: "Nobody's Moggie Now" contains the lyric "Decapitating tweety birds, and masticating mice". On one live recording, Eric sings "masturbating" instead of "masticating". It takes more than a minute before the band and the audience are ready for the song to continue.²* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: Bogle traditionally introduces himself in song at the start of a concert. One of the introduction songs goes: ²-->My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck, ²-->Call me Ricky and I'll break your neck, ²-->If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do, ²-->But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.²* GratuitousFrench / GratuitousGerman: "Flying Finger Filler"²* HaveAGayOldTime: "Silly Slang Song" complains about how once innocent slang terms changed their meaning:²-->Do you remember the day that if you said that you were gay,²-->It meant with joy that you could sing and shout,²-->A fairy was enchanting and dressing up and camping,²-->Was something you did with the scouts.²-->That carefree age when an urgent case of aids,²-->Was powdered milk we sent to the Sahara,²-->A fruit was something nice to eat, a poof was something for your feet,²-->And a queen was an old tart in a tiara.²* HeavyMeta:²** "Do You Sing Any Dylan?", about the request a singer-songwriter ''doesn't'' want to hear.²** "Plastic Paddy" about mock-Irish folk songs, done in the style of a mock-Irish folk song.²* HorribleHistoryMetal: Eric's most famous song "...And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is about the Gallipoli campaign in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. A number of his other songs are also about specific historic events: most often in one of the World Wars. ²* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Fatally averted in "Little Gomez", in which the randy Chihuahua's St. Bernard paramour got bored (and sat down) just a bit too soon. He did however bag two poodles and a Labrador, and made an attempt on a wombat.²* IHateSong: "I Hate Wogs" is a satirical song about racism. He stopped performing it after it attracted a MisaimedFandom who thought it really was about hating migrants.²* ItTastesLikeFeet: "Goodbye Lucky Country":²-->The beer still tastes like glue²** "The Aussie Bar-B-Q"²-->Where the snags[[note]]sausages[[/note]] all taste like fried toothpaste²* KillerCop: "Mirrors" is about Brazilian policemen who act as freelance death squads in Rio's slums.²-->And the killers wear policeman's badges\²Kill to supplement their wages\²Earn their bloody bounty, with the gun and club and knife²* KillThePoor: "Mirrors" is about death squads of policemen being paid by businessmen to kill the street kids of Rio's slums. ²* LeastRhymableWord: After singing "Silly Slang Song", Eric has been known to remark:²-->"I don't claim this the greatest song I've ever written, but it is the only one where I attempt to rhyme 'Schwarzenegger'."²* MysteryMeat: "The Great Aussie Takeaway"²* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "Do You Know Any Dylan?" has him react to the titular question²-->''And I usually reply\²In my own quiet way\²With a totally indecent suggestion''²** And again in "World Cup Fever":²-->''We cast doubts on their paternity\²And their mothers' chasity\²Their courage and ability\²And their sexual preference.''²* NoIntelligentLifeHere: Bogle uses the joke in his song "Beam Me Up Scotty":²-->''There must be intelligent life out there, I hope so, there’s not much down here''²* NostalgicNarrator: ²** "Eric and the Informers" is Eric musically reminiscing about his first ever band (and how bad they were).²** "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is told from the point of view of a World War One veteran looking back on their service.²* OutWithABang: "Little Gomez" is about a randy Chihuahua that is crushed to death while attempting to consummate a liaison with a Saint Bernard.²* QuarrelingSong: "A Reason For It All" with John Munro is two people discussing the death of an old lady, with Eric's character wondering what it all means, and John's replying that bad things just happen.²-->'''Eric''': We are not born just so we can die,\²There must be an answer and we've gotta try,\²To make some sense of it, to try to find a reason for it all.\²'''John''': From the moment we're born, we've started to die,\²A man can go crazy if he keeps asking why,\²That's just how it is, don't look for a reason for it all.²* QuestioningTitle: "Do You Sing Any Dylan?" [[spoiler:No! No! A thousand times no!]]²* TheRealHeroes: "Our National Pride" was written after a group of volunteer firefighters were killed battling a bushfire in Victoria. It is all about how these people, and not athletes, deserve to be called heroes. ²* RefrainFromAssuming: "No Man's Land" is sometimes known as (and has been recorded under) the alternate title "Green Fields of France". Some people, however, refer to the song as "Willie [=McBride=]" (the name of the dead soldier to whom the song is addressed). ²* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "Keeper of the Flame" is a satire of the mindset of this kind of person and their abnormal attachment to their guns.²-->I'll keep my guns, oh yes I will\²I love the way they look and feel\²Love to hold them in my hands\²Make me feel like a real big man\²Nothing makes me more ecstatic\²Than a semiautomatic\²The more I have in my collection\²The more enormous my erection\²Love to own 'em, love to shoot 'em\²Love them so much, I wish I could root 'em!\²(''Germanic raving'')²* RockstarSong: "Eric and the Informers" is a song about how Eric completely failed to become a rock star, many years before becoming a folk star.²* RoguishPoacher: "Poachers Moon" is about the traditional Scottish pastime of poaching salmon from the laird's stream.²* SanitySlippageSong: Eric starts to wonder if he is going insane in "Them Old Song Writin' Blues":²-->I think my mind's beginnin' to go\²I just found myself wishin' I was [[TakeThat Barry Manilow]] ²* ShoutOut: At the end of "Little Gomez" the singer goes to the pet shop to try and buy a replacement for Gomez, but the shop owner (who "loved corny puns") told him [[!_We_Have_No_Bananas "Yes, we have no chihuahuas!"]]²* SingerNameDrop: Eric introduces himself in song at the start of his concerts. One version goes: ²-->My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck, ²-->[[BerserkButton Call me Ricky and I'll break your neck]], ²-->If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do, ²-->But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.²* SomethingBlues: "Short White Blues", "Them Old Song Writin' Blues" and "English Arse Kissing Blues".²* SongOfSongTitles:²** "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda..." obviously refers to "Waltzing Matilda".²** "Plastic Paddy" name-checks a dozen or so Irish folk songs. ²* SophisticatedAsHell: "Introduction Song"²-->Well I wrote all the songs for tonight's extravaganza,²-->So there's a touch of class in every line of every stanza.²-->When I'm not writing songs, I hang around doing bugger all²* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion²** "Plastic Paddy":²-->"When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "The Mountains of Mourne"²-->In his search for Celtic chiché, the man has left no stone unturned²-->'Til he embarks upon the harp that once through terraced halls²-->Accompanying himself on the Bodhrán, which takes a lot of... courage.²** "World Cup Fever":²-->And when some stupid damn committee gave the match to Melbourne City²-->Though it made us all feel quite... annoyed, we didn't cause a fuss.²* SurrogateSoliloquy: "No Man's Land" is sung to a dead WWI soldier.²* ThisIsASong: "Them Old Song Writin' Blues" is a song about how hard it was to write the song. May also count as a SanitySlippageSong.²* ThriftyScot: Eric often uses this stereotype about himself, usually at the expense of other band members.²* TrainStationGoodbye: "Leaving Nancy", which is based on Bogle saying goodbye to his mother at the train station as he left to emigrate to Australia.²* TroubledAbuser: Discussed in "Daniel Smiling".²-->"That brutalised children become adults who then brutalise"²* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Invoked in "Bloody Rotten Audience": ²-->And when I sing contemporary, me heart and soul is pure²-->I must be bloody brilliant, cause my writing's so obscure²-->My hero's Music/LeonardCohen, I dig him perfectly²-->But I must be so much better, because no one here digs me!²* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: "My Youngest Son Came Home Today"²* TheUnintelligible: "Do You Sing Any Dylan?"²* UranusIsShowing: "Eric and the Informers"²-->"She looked like she came from outer space; from Mars, or maybe Uranus"²* ViolentGlaswegian: Eric, who was born in Peebles, does not shy away from his Scottish heritage, and has used this stereotype for songs both comic (e.g. "English Arse Kissing Blues") and serious (e.g. "Glasgow Lullaby").²* WarIsHell: The theme of "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "No Man's Land".²* WasItReallyWorthIt: "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", "No Man's Land"²* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", "No Man's Land", "The Gift of Years", "As If He Knows"²----


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