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Thread #31970   Message #419957
Posted By: Mr Red
17-Mar-01 - 12:28 PM
Thread Name: WWI Trench songs
Subject: RE: Trench Songs of WW1
Bugsy

Words as transcribed from archive TV interview with Robert Graves.
These words are what he sang in the trenches.

Do you want to find the General?
I know where he is. I know where he is. Oh, I know where he is!
Do you want to find the General? I know where he is!
He's pinning another medal on his chest.
I saw him. I saw him, pinning another medal on his chest.
I saw him, pinning another medal on his chest.

Do you want to find the Captain?
I know where he is. I know where he is. Oh, I know where he is!
Do you want to find the Captain? I know where he is.
He's home again on seven days' leave.
I saw him. I saw him, home again on seven days' leave.
I saw him, home again on seven days leave.

Robert Graves made reference only to more verses. When I now sing this, I fill the intervening verses with the better known verses. e.g.:

Brigadier - Gadding around in Gay Paree.
Quartermaster - Drinking all the company's rum
Sergeant - Dead drunk on the dugout floor
Corporal - Up to his neck in clod

Robert Graves then finished by stating without any hesitation the last verse

Do you want to find your sweetheart?
I know where he is. I know where he is. Oh I know where he is!
Do you want to find your sweetheart? I know where he is.
He's hanging on the front line wire.
I saw him, I saw him, hanging on the front line wire,
I saw him, hanging on the front line wire.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 11-Nov-02.