British rockers Marillion go back to 1979, and have been musical pioneers in using the Internet to connect with fans and promote themselves. Sometimes termed to be playing “neo-progressive rock,” they have dedicated fans but are widely considered perpetually unfashionable to the mainstream music media.
Their first album, 1983’s “Script for a Jester’s Tears,” was a top 10 record on the British charts, and includes this song. It has many references to politics, slang and history that may escape North American listeners. The lyrics also meander through the Bible’s Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer.
It has been intrepreted to be about “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, that the focus is on the overall war but attention should be paid to those individual stories of men that have lost their lives. In this regard, the tune puts in in the company of Zombie, by the Cranberries (also explored on this blog).