The 335 Years' War
By: Beck Hansen, E.N. McNeill
Written by: Beck Hansen, E.N. McNeill
The 335 Years' War [Version (a)]:
'Twas on the Isles Of Sicily in 1651
The Dutch declared a war but nobody raised a gun
In fact no shots were fired and nobody even went
'Til three centuries passed and a treaty was finally sent
Here's to the heroes of the Sicily Islands War
For three-hundred and thirty-five years, no one left their door
The enemy forgot to come, forgot what to fight for
So here's to the heroes of the Sicily Islands War
"The 335 Years' War" is part of a collection of patriotic songs about wars and soldiers and the like, referenced on the back of one of the songs in Beck's Song Reader.
The 335 Years' War really happened--it was a war, as in the song, where no shots were ever fired before a peace treaty was signed 300 years later.
You can read about it here
, like Beck seems to have.
Also, for a lot of the fragments Beck wrote, they are credited to different names. This song says "by E.N. McNeill" on it; best I can tell though is the name is entirely made up and not a reference to anything or anyone in particular. (The best I could find was an H.W. McNeill who wrote a 'patriotic' song called "American Anthem" in 1896.)