2022-08-08: [Article Link] "No python, no chrysanthemums, we are the unknown camel grass..."
On the evening of the summer, on a simple stage set up temporarily at the schoolyard of a Gobi beach, the members of the “Dongfeng 1st Brigade” of the Literary Brigade came to mourn the performance, accompanied by an impressive guitar melody, singing a song, " Camelgrass ".
“We don't need a raffle. We don't need a field in Wano. We are the camels who guard the lovely home day and night...” The song is a classic old song that has been sung by many military travelists and long-sung by rocket officers. Camelgrass was born on the desert wall, and it was from our first strategic missile unit, the “Dongfeng 1st Brigade”. When that hymn sounded, many of the men and women felt touched in their hearts. The brigade's Political Work Department officer, Ko Woo-yang, was one of them. He said, "When he heard this song, it was like he was walking into the northwestern Gobi and went back to the difficult early days."
At the end of the 1950’s, the 70th unit of the Brigade’s advance troops’ ground missiles, which had been formed, went to the river’s west corridor. During three years of natural disaster, the soldiers and soldiers would have preferred to be hungry to train without burdening the country by digging camel grass and collecting date-palm rice. In 1960 alone, it was recorded that troops had dug up more than 50,000 kilograms of camel grass and that, after several years of suffering and starvation, they had finally hit the world with a “breathing bomb”. Later, one of the former Second Artillery leaders went to the brigade to study the history and was moved to write the song " Camelgrass " at night and leave it to the young composer Hu Xudong to compose the song. Once the song was written, it was quickly sung among the brigade’s soldiers and troops, even among the rocket troops. The song glorified the steadfastness of the rocket soldiers like camel grass, with their faithful mission and dedication to the nation’s battle. In the song of love, we saw the camel grass of the Zagen Gobi, the body of the hero and the sword of the shield...
“I feel that the young soldiers and soldiers who live in a rich age need this hard entrepreneurship to nourish themselves.” Ko Woo-yang said that every time there is a literary performance in a brigade, he proposes to add this song to the programme to enable more troops to draw strength from it. A few years ago, in preparation for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the formation of the brigade, Ko Woo-yang's leading artistic cadre remunerated the song into a guitaric version, giving new impetus to the old song. The song was confirmed by the soldiers and received a warm round of applause after the performance, after which the redacted song was brought to the front line of the tour by the brigade section and was widely welcomed by the soldiers. Corporal Chen Jian, who likes to play guitar, was one of the leading members of that year's rewrite song, says Chen Jian: "The Camelgrass witnessed my growth. After Chen's troops came, he was not fit to live in a military camp. During the new training, he enjoyed the song for the first time in a literary performance, and learned the story behind the song from the former platoon leader Li Saiguchi, who felt that he had been hit in the heart. "No willows, no cedars, we grew up in an endless desert..." He learned this song and often sings for his comrades on the margins of training. The song learned that the “camel grass spirit” engraved in the song was engraved in his heart, after which Chen Jian raised his third degree twice and was taken to a military school as a good soldier. Today, Chen Jian is proud to hear how much you like guitar songs. He says that he hopes, through his own adaptation, that more comrades will learn the stories behind the songs as much as they do, and that the spiritual strength of the revolution’s ancestors will inspire more people.