Hunters and Collectors – What’s A Few Men?

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio [1] 3:08 What’s A Few Men? album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [1] 3:06 2 CD versions of the Natural Selection album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio [1] 3:08 Anthology album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [2] Remix  3:37 Non-LP versions of the Fate album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [2] Remix 3:37 Australian Fate album. The Vault digital download at True Believers for 26 April 2015.
Studio [2] Remix 3:37 UK 12″ Do You See What I See? single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live Acoustic 3:39 Mark Seymour Daytime and the Dark album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live [1] 3:33 Australian Imaginary Girl single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [2] 3:50 Under One Roof / Greatest Hits Live album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [3] 5:26 Live 2014 box set – Enmore 1 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [4] 5:16 Live 2014 digital album (2017 version). Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live [4] 5:16 Live 2014 box set – Palais 1 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [5] 3:27 Mark Seymour Roll Back The Stone album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Comments from the Natural Selection liner notes (by Mark Seymour):

Another war story. Albert Facey’s autobiography, written during WW1… A beautiful tale of courage and suffering, in the face of enemy gunfire, and the indifference to Australian dead amongst the British officer class.

 

Lyrics

The colonel said “These bodies stink
Won’t someone come and drag them away?”
We try to clean them up but they mow us down
And the English colonel looks the other way

Well the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
Well I ran for the trench but I had no time to speak
Well my heart said yes but my head said no
When the English colonel said “it’s time to go”

He said “What’s a few men?”
He said “What’s a few men?”
He said “What’s a few men?”

The colonel’s job is never done
So he declares timeout on Christmas Day
We held the enemy in our arms
And we ploughed each others dead into the clay

Oh the Lord said death will be no longer
And all of these things will pass away
There will be no sorrow and there will be no pain
And we’ll swap cigarettes on Christmas Day

[All the loved ones down upon their knees
When the English colonel said it’s time to leave]
Well my heart said yes but my head said no
When the English colonel said “it’s time to go”

He said “What’s a few men?”
He said “What’s a few men?”
He said “What’s a few men?”

[repeat…]