I Want To Go Home

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from WWI

I want to go home, I want to go home.
I don't want to go in the trenches no more,
Where whizzbangs and shrapnel they whistle and roar.
Take me over the see, where the Alleyman can't get at me.
Oh my, I don't want to die, I want to go home.

2. I want to go home, I want to go home.
I don't want to visit la Belle France no more,
For oh the Jack Johnsons they make such a roar.
Take me over the sea, where the snipers they can't get at me.
Oh my, I don't want to die, I want to go home.


Alleyman was a British corruption of the French term for a German: "Allemagne". Not quite as popular as "Hun" or "Boche".
Jack Johnson was a famous boxer of the time, who was known for his hitting ability. It was also an affectionate term given to artillery rounds fired from the heavy field guns. They made a very distinctive roar upon explosion.

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