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Thread #101783   Message #2057032
Posted By: Charley Noble
20-May-07 - 11:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: WWII Song:'Come bury me out in Benghazi'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WWII Song:'Come bury me out in Benghazi'

Here's the rest of the verses for the Burma version of "The Dying Soldier":

So they buried him out in the jungle
By the light of the far setting sun
They buried him out in the jungle
His job for his country was done.

Now when you get back to old England
And the war it is over and won
Remember that poor British Tommy
Under the old Burma sun.

Now if she had only been faithful
He might have been raising a son
But instead he's just pushing up teak trees
Under the old Burma sun.

Mudcat can be an excellent resource for tracking down old songs as this thread demonstrates. I was also able to resolve a 70-year mystery here with regard to who composed "Pity the Downtrodden Landlord," although I was only searching for 40 years! The Mudcat search took years but the resulting posts and eventual resolution make a classic search for origins thread.

Another intriguing soldier song from the North Africa campaign in World War 2 has to be "Fucking Tobruk," amazing in the number of ways that the "F-word" is used! Here's one verse as a teaser:

All fucking fleas, no fucking beer,
No fucking booze since we've been here;
And will it come? No fucking fear,
In fucking Tobruk!

If there is interest I'll post the entire song on another thread.

Charley Noble