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Thread #30733   Message #3132490
Posted By: GUEST,ippy65
10-Apr-11 - 12:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Reenlistment Blues (Merle Travis)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Reenlistment Blues (Merle Travis)
From what I read, the lyrics were written by the author of the book,"From Here to ETernity," James Jones. zin the movie version the raunchy words were softened, so for ex.: "Chinese baby" became "pretty baby," and so on. It still helped to make the movie as authentic, and shocking, as it was in 1953. Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Monty Clift, Burt Lancaster ... and the story of Pearl Harbor.

Everyone who sings changes the words a bit but it still is an amazing Army song. I've looked all over U-Tube and elsewhere and this is only recording from the movie that has all the words. Since I'm going to sing it Wednesday night (and me a girl and all) I'm mighty grateful!