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Subject: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: GUEST,mrobson@innertemple.org
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 10:10 AM

Anyone have the lyrics to the WWII song which begins: "rear gunner in a Lancaster in spring of 44; son don't ever volunteer oh"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Aug 02 - 10:19 AM

G'day mrobson.

You're not getting too much response on this!

I seem to remember an Aussie singer, some years back, singing a song about the Tail-Gunner's Wife ... not quite the one you are after. I reckon that a "rear gunner in a Lancaster in spring of '44" might be just about the only one to survive ... earlier in the war they reckoned the average flying life of a tail gunner was something less than the length of a single mission!

(That comes from an autobiography of a tail-gunner (in Hudsons?) ... called They Hosed Them Out!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Aug 02 - 11:40 AM

The song is "Left, Left, Right, Steady Man" and was written by Keith Marsden. It's in Picking Sooty Blackberries and has been recorded by Cockersdale. The song also has lots and lots and lots of words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 25 Aug 02 - 11:03 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Raggytash
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 02:28 AM

Picking Sooty Blackberries is (was) published by Fellsong Music Publishing Workington Cumbria CA14 3EW. ISBN 1 871318 01 7 (c) 1992. You may also be able to get a copy from The Music Room, Cleckheaton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: rich-joy
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 06:36 PM

Darwin folkies, Tony Suttor ('Catter "Tony in Darwin") and Peter Bate, do Keith Marsden's "Left, Left, Right, Steady Man" FANTASTICALLY, it's one of me faves!! - maybe Tony'll pop in soon ...

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: Lyr Add: LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, STEADY MAN (K Marsden)
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 09:05 PM

Yes, it's a long song...'ere 'tis!

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LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, STEADY MAN
Keith Marsden

1. Rear gunner on a Lancaster in Spring of forty-four,
Son, don't ever volunteer-o.
I'd seen my share of flying and I'd had my fill of war,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.
Over Stettin, over Norway, over Munich and Berlin,
I'd lost count of all the scraps and scrapes, near misses I'd been in,
But I only needed three more trips to get my nineteen in.
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.

CHORUS: I got a left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again,
Go round again, Lord what a pain.
Blind as a bat he was and where was his brain?
Left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again.

2. I signed on with a new lot to catch up a trip or two,
Son, don't ever volunteer-o.
I should have seen the warning signs, their flying suits were new.
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.
No hopers, never-would-be's and all wet behind the ears,
The other fellows told me before bedtime there'd be tears.
But I never dreamt how they'd fulfil the worst of all my fears,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.

CHORUS: I got a left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again,
Go round again, Lord what a pain.
On his wedding night, it was such a sight, you could hear his wife complain,
Left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again!

3. It should have been an easy trip, some dams out Walcheren way,
Son, don't ever volunteer-o.
The sort of trip you went to miss, to try another day,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.
The flak was light, the fighters few, a piece of bread and jam,
Drop short to get that second trip, for God's sake miss the dam,
Then flick your wings to spoil the film and back to Blighty scram,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.

CHORUS: I got a left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again,
Noch ein, again, the German gunners' refrain.
And the night-fighter pilot, he was laughing like a drain,
At left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again.

4. He shot us through the bomb bay and he shot us through the wings,
Son, don't ever volunteer-o.
He shot away the engines and he shot away the fins,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.
We staggered past the beaches and we put down in the drink,
All seven in one dinghy as the Lanc began to sink;
And in the rush the skipper never even stopped to think,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.

CHORUS: He put the left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again,
To steering us back - Lord he must have been cracked.
With such a chump as him on compass would we see England again?
Left, left, right, steady man, oops! lost on the main.

5. We paddled round in circles two whole days and two whole nights,
Son, don't ever volunteer-o.
Till, gleaming through the mist and rain, at last we saw some lights,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.
"Ahoy, are we near England?" shouted left, left, silly bugger,
"Are you the air-sea rescue or perhaps some fishing lugger?"
"Ach, nein, ve are an E boat in ze harbour of Zeebrugge!",
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.

CHORUS: I got a left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again,
Got us out of the drink but straight into clink.
The unlikelihood of future fatherhood for him we all made quite plain,
To left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again.

6. Should've been on leave in Blackpool, spending all me Nuffield pay,
Son, don't ever volunteer-o.
With holes burnt in my pockets and a new girl every day,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.
But I'm sitting in this Stalag going mad on acorn tea,
Wishing I could be back once again in old A. C. R. C.,
For the bleeding left, left, steady man is bunking next to me,
Son of mine, don't ever volunteer-o.

CHORUS: I got a left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again,
The war finished last week but he's tunnelling again.
He's down there still digging, we're all catching a train,
Without left, left, right, steady man, oops! go round again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Tony in Darwin
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 09:12 PM

GUEST, eh? And I just reset my cookie on the Mac. Oh, so I have to reset it on the Windoze too!

OK.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Dan Calder
Date: 29 Aug 02 - 07:08 AM

Hi Folks,

My Uncle was a rear gunner in a Lancaster, then a mid-upper gunner. Unfortunately they never made it back from a mission over Cologne one July night in 1943...he was only 21. What a waste!

Can someone direct me to a site where I can "hear" the tune to this sone, either midi or mp3?

Thanks for your help.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Dan Calder
Date: 30 Aug 02 - 06:47 AM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: GUEST,Matthew Robson
Date: 30 Aug 02 - 02:15 PM

Many thanks for the response to this - especially to Tony for the lyrics. I've orderd the book mentioned - sounds interesting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: World War II Song - Rr Gunner In A Lanc
From: Dan Calder
Date: 30 Aug 02 - 09:01 PM

...now if we could only get the TUNE. (*grin*) I know someone out there has it...let's not waste any more time. Just lemme know where I can find the damn thing. Thanks,

Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Left, Left, Right, Steady Man (K Marsden)
From: GUEST,alex
Date: 06 Nov 17 - 08:51 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY5YCCOfioc @ 51:00 the song is avaiable on amazon too


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Left, Left, Right, Steady Man (K Marsden)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Nov 17 - 01:01 PM

GUEST,alex: Did you know you can make YouTube go directly to the part you want somebody to hear?

https://youtu.be/EY5YCCOfioc?t=51m30s

The easy way is to click "SHARE" on the YouTube page, then it shows you a URL you can copy (and adjust the time if necessary).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Left, Left, Right, Steady Man (K Marsden)
From: GUEST,Tim Frost
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 04:22 PM

Hi Alex
Are you still living and singing in Brisbane? By chance I saw your note posted in 2008 about Les Sullivan's Roses of No Mans Land.I guess you have Les's Mingulay CD.
If you can get to the Troubadour at Woy Woy on Sat Feb24th I promise you a Big Sing and loads of choruses with Graeme Knights. Grae is top Herga vintage having sung with the late great Johnny Collins and he now partners' Jim Mageean. Amongst other gigs he'll also be at Loaded Dog and leading Shanties on the James Craig at sail for the day on Feb 17th.
This is a special trip for Grae as he is 50 next year,and remarkably we will be at the Cobargo Festival from 2nd to 3rd March where there will be the chance to tie in with Mr Bogle and his talented guitarist Mr John Munro from Brisbane.
Yes, it is a small world and a great opportunity for those who enjoy joining in a chorus to catch up with Graeme.


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