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Last night I had the strangest dream

I ever dreamed before

I dreamed the world had all agreed

To put an end to war

I dreamed I saw a mighty room

The room was filled with men

And the paper they were signing said

They'd never fight again


And when the papers all were signed

And a million copies made

They all joined hands and bowed their heads

And grateful prayers were prayed

And the people in the streets below

Were dancing round and round

And guns and swords and uniforms

Were scattered on the ground


Composer - Ed McCurdy - 1950

Performer - Colin Tribe - 8 string ukulele

Recording used with kind permission (from Colin Tribe)


This video with displayed lyrics has been useful as a backing track for choir, solo singers and audience singalong when performing at occasions such as Remembrance Day.


In 1950 Ed McCurdy may have been inspired to compose this song in response to the use and testing of nuclear weapons. In 2017 the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As from January 2021 the United Nations Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) has come into effect. With thanks to Xanthe Hall and Phillipp Holz for their 2019 Slideshare ‘Political Advocacy for a Nuclear Ban’.  

THE STRANGEST DREAM

Political advocacy for a nuclear ban - Xanthe Hall and Phillipp Holz from more onion