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GEE, MA, I WANT TO GO HOME


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Jennifer Burdoo 19 Oct 98 - 09:38 PM
Roger in Baltimore 19 Oct 98 - 09:54 PM
Rincon Roy 20 Oct 98 - 08:24 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 20 Oct 98 - 10:12 AM
GUEST 10 Feb 12 - 02:40 PM
GUEST,Mike Mandaville 10 Feb 12 - 02:55 PM
GUEST,Morgana 10 Feb 12 - 07:06 PM
Lighter 10 Feb 12 - 07:52 PM
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Subject: Gee But I Wanna Go Home: Any lyrics to this?
From: Jennifer Burdoo
Date: 19 Oct 98 - 09:38 PM

The old army complaint song (also sung by scouts, campers, and everyone else who's exposed to army food and/or discipline). Is it in the database? I'm unsure how to look it up with so many "popular" words that'll bring up a couple thousand hits.
A verse or two to jog your memory:

The biscuits that they feed us, they say are mighty fine,
One fell off the table, and killed a pal of mine.
Oh, I don't want no more of Army life!
Gee, but I wanna go home.

Thanks.

Jennifer


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Subject: RE: Gee But I Wanna Go Home: Any lyrics to this?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 19 Oct 98 - 09:54 PM

Jennifer,

Many of us fail to know titles. The DT Search trick is to put a unique phrase between brackets []. The DT searches for that phrase. For your dilemma (and mine) I typed in [no more of Army life] and this came right up. It is what you are looking for.

Of course, you can substitute many other residential situations for Army. I first learned this song at Philmont Scout Ranch and we sang "The coffee here at Philmont..."

Enjoy the song.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Gee But I Wanna Go Home: Any lyrics to this?
From: Rincon Roy
Date: 20 Oct 98 - 08:24 AM

My dad sang this navy verse:

A package came to me
just the other day
the captain took it from me
and threw it in the bay


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Subject: RE: Gee But I Wanna Go Home: Any lyrics to this?
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 20 Oct 98 - 10:12 AM

Leadbelly has the verse (in "Last Sessions")

The hot dogs that they give you, they say are mighty fine
but one fell off the table and began marking time.

I have also heard it with "chicken" replacing "hot dogs"

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee But I Wanna Go Home
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 02:40 PM

During the Korean era we sang it this way,
The chicken in the Army
they say is mighty fine,
One jumped off the table
and started marking time

Ohhh, I don't want no more of Army Life
Gee Ma I wanta go
But they won't let me go,
Gee Ma I wanna to Home

Then all the other with biscuits, coffee, nurses, etc.,
Sitting around with one guy on a guitar and everyone trying to make up another verse.
From 102nd Tanker, old M/Sgt


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee But I Wanna Go Home
From: GUEST,Mike Mandaville
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 02:55 PM

This is what I remember:

The biscuits in the Army, they say they're mighty fine
One rolled off the table, and killed a friend of mine

sung to the tune of "Grandpa's Whiskers":

They're always in the way, they're always in the way
Grandma' eats them in her sleep, she thinks she's eating shreaded wheat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee But I Wanna Go Home
From: GUEST,Morgana
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 07:06 PM

From the songbook "From Sea to Shining Sea":

The biscuits in the army, they say are mighty fine.
One fell off the table, and crushed a pal of mine.
I don't want no more of army life.
Gee Ma, I wanna go home.

The coffee that they give you,they say is mighty fine.
It's good for cuts and bruises; it tastes like turpentine.
I don't want no more of army life.
Gee Ma, I wanna go home.

The uniforms they give you, they say are mighty fine.
Me and half my regiment can fit in all of mine.
I don't want no more of army life.
Gee Ma, I wanna go home.

They wages that they pay you, they say are might fine.
They give you fifty dollars and they take back sixty-nine.
I don't want no more of army life.
Gee Ma, I wanna go home.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee But I Wanna Go Home
From: Lighter
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 07:52 PM

A couple of stanzas show up in Moss Hart's 1944 Broadway play, "Winged Victory," and later in the movie version.

In 2002 I was seated on a jetliner next to a young lady who'd recently finished U.S. Army basic training. Her version:


                They say that in the army,
                The chow is mighty fine;
                Well, how the hell would they know?
                They never tasted mine.

                Cho.:        I don't want no more of army life,
                        Lordy, I want to go,
                        But they won't let me go,
                        Lordy, I want to go ho-o-o-o-o-o-o-ome.

                They say that in the army,
                The biscuits they are fine;
                One fell off the table,
                And killed a friend of mine.

                They say that in the army,
                The chickens they are fine;
                One jumped off the table,
                And started marking time.

                They say that in the army,
                The pay is mighty fine;
                They give you fifty dollars,
                And take back forty-nine.


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