Folk songs about war

Folk songs about war are a very neglected area of popular poetry about war. Here are two.

  • Willie McBride by Eric Bogle

  • With God on Our Side  -  Bob Dylan

Willie McBride, folk song of The First World War

One of the most popular folk songs of the First World War and one which is sung every year in thousands of folk clubs is Willie McBride. The song is also known as The Green Fields of France. The writer is Eric Bogle.

With God on Our Side   
written and sung by Bob Dylan

With a 1964 BBC introduction