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Lyr Add: Crash! Bang! I Want to Go Home (Fields)


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Jim Dixon 18 Mar 11 - 09:58 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: CRASH! BANG! I WANT TO GO HOME (Fields)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Mar 11 - 09:58 AM

You can hear or download this song at The Internet Archive - see song #9 on that page.

For background, see this article at Wikipedia: Blackout (wartime)

Words by Ralph Butler; music by Harry Parr Davies. ©1939.
As sung by Gracie Fields.

[The recording includes a lot of patter which I have omitted.]

Oh, what a great big blackout!
How can I make my track out?
How can I pick my shack out?
Crash! Bang! I want to go home!
Stumbling along the highway,
Dodging along some byway,
Oh, I never can find my way.
Crash! Bang! I want to go home!

I collided with a tailor,
A soldier, yes, and then a sailor.
If I get home in safety,
I shall never want to roam.
Join in the blackout ditty.
Somebody please take pity.
Light up the great big city.
Crash! Bang! I want to go home!

Where are the lights of London town?
Somebody's gone and turned them down.
Turned them off, I ought to say.
Everybody's lost their way.

Oh, what a great big blackout!
We're barging into pillar boxes.
We're getting such a lot of knockses.
Crash! Bang! I want to go home!
We bump into a lamppost.
Oh, how we curse that lamppost!
And every other damp post—
Crash! Bang! I want to go home!

Then we flash our little torches
On pillars and porches
To find our lucky number
From house to house we roam.
All fears and dangers scorning,
We make it home by morning—
That's if there isn't any air-raid warning.
Crash! Bang! I want to go home!

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