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Thread #3154   Message #15220
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Oct-97 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: WWII and Patriotic Songs
Words and music by Paul Roberts and Shelby Darnell, ©1942.
As sung by Elton Britt

There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere
In a distant land so many miles away.
Only Uncle Sam's great heroes get to go there,
Where I wish that I could also live some day.

I'd see Lincoln, Custer, Washington and Perry,
Nathan Hale and Colin Kelly too.
There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere,
Waving o'er the land of heroes brave and true.

In this war with its mad schemes of destruction
Of our country fair and our sweet liberty
By the mad dictators, leaders of corruption,
Can't the U.S. use a mountain boy like me?

God gave me the right to be a free American,
And for that precious right I'd gladly die.
There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere.
That is where I want to live when I die.

Though I realize I'm crippled, that is true, sir,
Please don't judge my courage by my twisted leg.
Let me show my Uncle Sam what I can do, sir.
Let me help to bring the Axis down a peg.

If I do some great deed I will be a hero,
And a hero brave is what I want to be.
There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere.
In that heaven there should be a place for me.

"There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" was recorded by Elton Britt on March 19, 1942. "The song seemed to fit America's wartime mood perfectly. It was arguably the most played song of 1943; and it brought Britt a gold record in 1944, the first awarded to a country artist."
I couldn't find a complete copy of the song online, so I'll post it here and submit it to Cowpie for their archive.
Say, who's Colin Kelly?
-Joe Offer-