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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
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