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BLESS 'EM ALL (Jimmy Hughes / Frank Lake - based on Fred Godfrey's 1917 original) George Formby - 1940 New Mayfair Dance Orch. - 1940 Jack White & His Band - 1940 Bertha Willmott - 1940 Arthur Askey - 1941 Billy Cotton & His band - 1941 Art Kassel & The Castles In The Air - 1941 The Jesters - 1941 Lew Stone & His Band - 1941 Barry Wood & The King Sisters - 1941 Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal: Kenny Gardner) - 1941 James Cagney & Alan Hale (feat. in the film "Captains Of The Clouds") - 1942 Bing Crosby (Radio Transcript) - 1944 Gracie Fields (Radio Transcript) - 1944 Oscar Brand & The Roger Wilco Four - 1956 The Four Sergeants - 1958 Ewan MacColl - 1958 Laurence Harvey - 1961 Vera Lynn - 1963 Jane Morgan - 1963 Patti Kogin - 1963 Teresa Brewer - 1965 Luby Duby Doo & The Zanies - 1965 Janet Webb & The NAAFI Singers - 1967 Arthur Lowe - 1969 Tiny Tim with Harry Roy & His band - 1969 Warren Mitchell (feat. in the film "Till Death Us Do part") - 1968 Bob Braun - 1972 Alan Randall - 1974 Tony Selby - 1975 Max Bygraves - 1981 Also recorded by: Henry Hall's Dance Orch.; Reginald Dixon; Big Ben Banjo Band; Eddie "Piano" Miller; Diamond Accordion Band; Joe Henderson; Acker Bilk; Crazy Otto; Shani Wallis ...... and others. They say there's a troopship just leaving Bombay Bound for old Blighty's shore Heavily laden with time expired men Bound for the land they adore There's many an airman just finishing his time There's many a twerp signing on You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all Bless 'em all, bless 'em all The long and the short and the tall Bless all the sergeants and WO ones Bless all the corp'rals and their blinkin' sons 'Cause we're saying goodbye to them all As back to their billets they crawl You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all They say if you work hard you'll get better pay We've heard all that before Clean up your buttons and polish your boots Scrub out the barrack room floor There's many a rookie has taken it in Hook, line and sinker an' all You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all Bless 'em all, bless 'em all The long and the short and the tall Bless all the sergeants and WO ones Bless all the corp'rals and their blinkin' sons 'Cos we're saying goodbye to them all As back to their billets they crawl You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all Now, they say that the Sergeant's a very nice chap Oh, what a tale to tell Ask him for leave on a Saturday night He'll pay your fare home as well There's many an airman has blighted his life Through writing rude words on the wall You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all Bless 'em all, bless 'em all The long and the short and the tall Bless all the sergeants and WO ones Bless all the corp'rals and their blinkin' sons 'Cos we're saying goodbye to them all As back to their billets they crawl You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all Nobody knows what a twerp you have been So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all ******************** Americanized lyrics, written by Al Stillman in 1941, as performed by BARRY WOOD & THE FOUR KING SISTERS: When you were enjoying your own private life In a civilian suit And you spent money on some baby doll She had to be quite a beaut But when you're a rookie at twenty-one per For any old gal you will fall When you're a civilian, it's one in a million But when you're in camp, bless them all Bless 'em all, bless 'em all The long and the short and the tall Bless all the blondies and all the brunettes Each lad is happy to take what he gets 'Cause we're giving the eye to them all The ones that attract or appal Maud, Maggie or Susie, you can't be too choosey When you're in camp, bless them all Bless them all, bless them all The long and the short and the tall Bless all the sergeants, the sourpuss ones Bless all the corp'rals and their dopey sons 'Cause we're saying goodbye to them all As back to the barracks they crawl No ice cream or cookies for flat-footed rookies So cheer up my lads, bless them all They say that in camp you can have a swell time We've heard it all before Five in the morning we're kicked out of bed To scrub up the barrack room floor A Private has really no privacy now We're all behind the eight ball No ice cream or cookies for flat-footed rookies So cheer up my lads, bless them all Bless 'em all, bless 'em all The long and the short and the tall Bless the kind sergeant who tucks you in bed Then brings ice water to cool off your head That's a new one on me, after all It must be a dream I recall No ice cream or cookies for flat-footed rookies So cheer up my lads, bless them all Bless them all, bless 'em all The long and the short and the tall Bless all the sergeants, the sourpuss ones Bless all the corp'rals and their dopey sons 'Cause we're saying goodbye to them all As back to the barracks they crawl No ice cream or cookies, not for flat-footed rookies So cheer up my lads, bless them all Heavyweight, under weight, big or small When you're in camp, bless them all (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2016)

    


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