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Friday, June 11, 2004

Lyrics of the Recessional Music

It apparently was a combination of music from the soundtrack of the movie We Were Soldiers with a hymn written for the end credits of that movie, "The Mansions of the Lord". The whole thing was beautifully played by the US Marine Chamber Orchestra. (Who have wonderful dress uniforms, btw.) Here's the lyrics, written by Randall Wallace (who also wrote the movie):

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing.
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.

No more weeping, no more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night.
Just divine embrace, eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We shall stand and guard though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord.

I've long predicted that soundtrack composers are the great composers of our time. This is not only a nod to Reagan's home industry; it's an indication that other people have realized the same thing.


  • At 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been googleing for more information about the anthem at the conclusion of President Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral and came upon your site, among others.

    "Mansions of the Lord" has to be one of the most haunting anthems I have ever heard. I cannot imagine a more perfect dirge for a miltary funeral. Wow. Thank you for providing the lyrics.

  • At 2:29 AM, Blogger Greta said…

    I've wondered what that music was, I've been humming it for the past 2 days...It was perfect. This past week has had a profound affect on many Americans; of course I have been amazed at the inability of the libierals here in San Francisco to not give Reagan his due. But, our military has once again made us proud. We will never forget.


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