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Thread #15640   Message #145330
Posted By: AndyG
06-Dec-99 - 06:02 AM
Thread Name: Chords req: plus some other stuff
Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THIS BLASTED WAR IS OVER
Hi Mick,

Sorry, I seem to have missed this thread. My thanks to SingsIrishSongs / Mary Kate for drawing it to my attention

As Dick's source for the text to Peter's Private Army I'm afraid I don't have the chords for the song. It was recorded by Johnny Collins on an album which I believe was entitled Peter's Private Army which might help

re: When this lousy war is over
Brophy & Partridge list it in The Long Trail as follows:

WHEN THIS BLASTED WAR IS OVER
Air:
Hymn, 'Take it to the Lord in Prayer'

When this blasted war is over,
Oh how happy I shall be!
When I get my civvy clothes on,
No more soldiering for me.
No more church parades on Sunday,
No more asking for a pass.
I shall tell the Sergeant-Major
To stick his passes up his arse.

When this blasted war is over,
Oh how happy I shall be!
When I get my civvy clothes on,
No more soldiering for me.
I shall sound my own reveille,
I shall make my own tattoo:
No more N.C.O.s to curse me,
No more bleeding Army stew.

Some units sang this additional stanza:

N.C.O.s will all be navvies,
Privates ride in motor cars;
N.C.O.s will smoke their woodbines,
Privates puff their big cigars.
No more standing-to in trenches,
Only one more church parade;
No more shivering on the firestep,
No more Tickler's Marmalade.

I've also heard variants such as "blasted/lousy/bloody war" in the opening line and over similar changes, also a second half of the verse which runs;

No more church parades on Sunday,
No more putting in for leave.
I shall kiss the Sergeant-Major.
How he'll miss me. How he'll grieve.

a variant of which was, I think, used in the film Oh What a Lovely War

AndyG