Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire

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WWI Trench song

If you want to find the lance-jack,
|: I know where he is. :|
If you want to find the lance-jack, I know where he is
He's scrounging round the cookhouse door.
|: I've seen him, :|
Scrounging round the cookhouse door, I've seen him,
Scrounging round the cookhouse door.

2. If you want to find the sergeant,
|: I know where he is. :|
If you want to find the sergeant, I know where he is,
He's lying on the latrine* floor,
|: I've seen him, :|
Lying on the latrine floor, I've seen him,
Lying on the latrine floor.

3. If you want to find the quarter-bloke**,
|: I know where he is. :|
If you want to find the quarter-bloke, I know where he is,
He's miles and miles behind the line,
|: I've seen him, :|
Miles and miles behind the line, I've seen him,
Miles and miles and miles behind the line.

4. If you want to find the sergeant-major,
|: I know where he is. :|
If you want to find the sergeant-major, I know where he is,
He's boozing up the private's rum.
|: I've seen him, :|
Boozing up the private's rum. I've seen him,
Boozing up the private's rum.

5. If you want to find the buckshee private,
|: I know where he is. :|
If you want to find the buckshee private, I know where he is,
He's buried in a deep shell hole.
|: I've seen him, :|
Buried in a deep shell hole, I've seen him,
Buried in a deep shell hole.

6. If you want to find the CO,
|: I know where he is. :|
If you want to find the CO, I know where he is,
He's down in the deep dug-out.
|: I've seen him, :|
Down in the deep dug-out, I've seen him,
Down in the deep dug-out.

7. If you want to find the brasshats,
|: I know where they are. :|
If you want to find the brasshats, I know where they are.
They're drinking claret at Brigade HQ.
|: I've seen 'em, :|
Drinking claret at Brigade HQ, I've seen 'em,
Drinking claret at Brigade HQ.

8. If you want to find the politicians,
|: I know where they are. :|
If you want to find the politicians, I know where they are.
They're drinking brandy at the House of Commons bar.
|: I've seen 'em, :|
Drinking brandy at the House of Commons bar, I've seen 'em,
Drinking brandy at the House of Commons bar.

9. If you want to find the whole battalion,
|: I know where they are. :|
If you want to find the whole battalion, I know where they are,
They're hanging on the old barbed wire.
|: I've seen 'em, :|
Hanging on the old barbed wire, I've seen 'em,
Hanging on the old barbed wire.


* or canteen. ** or quarter master.

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