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Thread #7511   Message #2954657
Posted By: MGM·Lion
29-Jul-10 - 03:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Battle of the Somme
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Battle of the Somme
In one of his Private McAuslan and Lt Dand McNeil short stories, the late George MacDonald Fraser [best known as author of the Flashman books] told of a fellow junior officer who would march to the mess for dinner chanting "See* us the key or I'll roar up your lobby" to the tune of Battle Of The Somme [i.e. the famous pipe march of that name]. Mr Fraser, with whom I used to correspond about his books tho I never had the pleasure of meeting him face-to-face [he lived in the Isle of Man which he seldom left], confirmed to me that he did have a colleague during his just-postwar service as an officer of the Gordon Highlanders who would sing these words to that tune, but he remembered no other words ~~ if indeed there were any!

He agreed with me also that Battle Of The Somme, the march, was among the most beautiful airs ever composed.

{*"See us" is Glasgow dialect for "give us"}