We Are Fred Karno's Army

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Melody - "Aurelia", Samuel S. Wesley, 1864
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Western trenches, ~ 1916, based on The Church's One Foundation

We are Fred Karno's army*,
We are the ragtime infantry.
We cannot fight, we cannot shoot,
What bleeding use are we?
And when we get to Berlin
We'll hear the Kaiser say,
Hoch, hoch! Mein Gott, what a bloody rotten lot,
Are the ragtime infantry.


Fred Karno was a famous British comedian of the time. Alternate versions have *"in Kitchener's Army".

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