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Thread #101783   Message #2056469
Posted By: Charley Noble
19-May-07 - 12:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: WWII Song:'Come bury me out in Benghazi'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WWII Song:'Come bury me out in Benghazi'

According to WHAT A LOVELY WAR, edited by Roy Palmer, p. 183, your verse is one of a set of variants to "The Dying Soldier." As Palmer says:

The subject is merely "a young British soldier," and Kohima, Japanese and Burma and replaced respectively by Benghazi, Eyetie and Africa. "Out in the jungle" becomes "deep in the desert."

Here's one example of the song:

'Twas out at that place called Kohima
Where most of the fighting was done;
'Twas there that a lad from the Borders
Fell to a Japanese gun.

Now as he lay there in the jungle
And the blood from his wounds did flow red,
He gathered his comrades around him,
And these were the words that he said:

"Oh bury me out in the jungle
Under the old Burma sun ;
Bury me out in the jungle,
My duty to England is done."

And so on...

I'll be happy to post additional verses if you're still interested.

Charley noble