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Thread #30733   Message #396536
Posted By: Quincy
12-Feb-01 - 03:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Reenlistment Blues (Merle Travis)
Is this it Jeepman? It says that it was written by J. Jones and sang by Don Johnson.

The Re-Enlistment Blues

The following is from From Here to Eternity:

Got paid out on Monday
Not a dog soldier no more
They gimme all that money
So much my pockets is sore
More thought than I can use. Re-enlistment Blues.

Took my ghelt to town on Tuesday
Got a room and a big double bed
Find a job tomorrow
Tonight you may be dead
Aint no time to lose. Re-enlistment Blues.

Hit the bars on Wednesday
I found me some friends on my own
I found a pretty baby
She would leave me alone – No, my head took a dare
I looked down at my trousers
All my pockets was bare – No, my pockets was bare
That gal had blown my fuse – Re-enlistments Blues.

Went back around on Friday
Asked for a free glass of beer
My friends had disappeared
Barman said: Take off, you queer!
What I done ain't news – Re-enlistment Blues.

That jail was cold all Sa'day
Standing up on a bench looking down
Through them bars I watched the people
All happy and out on the town
Looked like time for me to choose – Re-enlistment Blues.

Slept in the park that Sunday
Seen all the folks going to church
Your belly feels so empty
When you're left in the lurch
Those soldiers don't own pews – Re-enlistment Blues.

So I re-upped on Monday
A little sad and sick at my heart
All my fine plans was with the money
In the poke of a scheming tart
Guy always seems to lose – Re-enlistment Blues.

So you short-times, let me tell you
Don't get yourself thrown in the can
You might as well be dead
Or a thirty-year-man
Recruiting crews gives me the blues – Old Re-enlistment Blues.

From the TV series From Here To Eternity (Wednesday, Thursday and Sa'day sang by Don Johnson in the series episodes Pearl Harbour 1 and 2)

regards, Yvonne