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GUEST,Ray Origins: 'Browned Off' (Ewan MacColl) (18) Who Wrote This song? - 'Browned Off'? 25 May 20


Came across this song recently. Would anyone like to hazard a guess at its composer? ... and can anyone identify a tune? I assume it would be called "Browned Off".

Thanks for looking.
R

I used to be a civvy chum as decent as could be
I used to think a working lad had a manís right to be free
Until one day they made a ruddy soldier out of me
And told me I have got to save democracy

Chorus

Oh I was browned off, browned off, browned off as I could be
Browned off, browned off, an easy mark thatís me
And when this war is over and again Iím free
Thereíll be no more ruddy soldiering for me


Now every day Iím on parade long before the dawn
Every day I curse the ruddy day that I was born
For I am just a browned off soldier any one can see
They browned me off to help to save democracy

They stuck me in a battle dress and made me cut my hair
They took away my civic shoes and gave me another pair
Instead of grub they gave me slosh and plenty of fresh air
And told me I had got to save democracy

The colonel kicks the Major and the Major has a go
He kicks the poor old Captain who then kicks the N.C.O.
And as the kicks get harder the poor private you can see
Gets kicked to ruddy hell to save democracy


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