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Eric 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.

Bogle'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.

Many of Bogle's songs have been covered by other artists; including John Schumann, June Tabor, The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, John McDermott, Liam Clancy, Mike Harding, The Pogues, Robert Lawrence, De Dannan, Dropkick Murphys, The Corries, Billy Bragg, The Bushwackers, Slim Dusty and John Williamson.


Tropes used in Eric Bogle's work include:

 The beer still tastes like glue

 My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck,

Call me Ricky and I'll break your neck,

If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do,

But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.

 Well I wrote all the songs for tonight's extravaganza,

So there's a touch of class in every line of every stanza.

When I'm not writing songs, I hang around doing bugger all

 "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "The Mountains of Mourne"

In his search for Celtic chiché, the man has left no stone unturned

'Til he embarks upon the harp that once through terraced halls

Accompanying himself on the Bodhrán, which takes a lot of... courage.

    • "World Cup Fever":

 And when some stupid damn committee gave the match to Melbourne City

Though it made us all feel quite... annoyed, we didn't cause a fuss.

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