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Gallant Hours Theme

Opening credits and first scene of "The Gallant Hours", an account of Admiral Halsey and the Guadalcanal Campaign in WWII. It was made in 1959 and starred Jimmy Cagney. The music is haunting. If I had the editing skills, I would keep the music alone and add video clips to make it into a tribute to the ones who go down to the sea in ships.

Lyrics as follows:

I knew a lad who went to sea and left the shore behind him.
I knew him well the lad was me and now I cannot find him.

Away, away, away he went, in deep and salty water.
His girl she waited years for him. She was his neighbor’s daughter

Away, away, away he went and left the shore behind him.
I knew him well the lad was me and now I cannot find him.

Away, away, away he went
Away he went and now I cannot find him.

The rolling sea he would embrace, the rolling sea hath took him.
And passed him on a lonely beach, the roaring sea forsook him.

The mpvie was very unconventional. For one thing, the choral music was used throughout the film, giving it a reverential tone. For another, it was a war movie without a single combat scene. Also, it portrayed the Japanese sympathetically which was rare in movies of it's time.

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Added: Oct-11-2010 
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