Sunday, November 11, 2012

War, by Anonymous




















These readings by anonymous servicemen are from The Vintage Book of Dissent, edited by Michael Rosen and David Widgery.

The Colonel Kicks the Major
(To the tune of 'Macnamara's Band')

Oh, the colonel kicks the major,
And the major has a go.
He kicks the poor old captain,
Who then kicks the NCO.
And as the kicks get harder,
They are passed on down to me.
And I am kicked to bleeding hell
To save democracy.
c. 1940

"It's a crazy war, guv'nor. I don't see why Jerry doesn't bomb Berlin and let the RAF take care of London. We'd both save petrol and we'd be none the worse."
1941

The Twats in the Ops Room
(To the tune of 'John Brown's Body')

We had been flying all day long at one hundred fucking feet,
The weather fucking awful, fucking rain and fucking sleet,
The compass it was swinging fucking south and fucking north,
But we made a fucking landfall in the Firth of Fucking Forth.

Ain't the Air Force fucking awful?
Ain't the Air Force fucking awful?
Ain't the Air Force fucking awful?
We made a fucking landfall in the Firth of Fucking Forth.

We joined the Air Force 'cos we thought it fucking right,
But don't care if we fucking fly or fucking fight,
But what we do object to are those fucking Ops Room twats,
Who sit there sewing stripes on at the rate of fucking knots.

Ain't the Air Force fucking awful?
Ain't the Air Force fucking awful?
Ain't the Air Force fucking awful?
We made a fucking landfall in the Firth of Fucking Forth.
1942

2 comments:

Ross said...

The band "Sod's Opera" has a wonderful recording of "The Twats in the Ops Room" (which they title "The Firth of Forth"). Available on Spotify here:
http://open.spotify.com/track/6E9V9XiWHDIXIHfJsHc7X3

Margaret Nelson said...

Thanks Ross.