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LAST LONG MILE, THE (Emil Breitenfield 1917) as recorded by Charles Hart & The Shannon Four 1918 Oh, they put me in the Army And they handed me a pack, They took away my nice new clothes And dolled me up in tack. They marched me twenty miles a day To fit me for the war; I didn't mind the first nineteen, But the last one made me sore! Oh, it's not the pack That you carry on your back, Nor the Springfield on your shoulder. Nor the five inch crust Of Clinton County dust That makes you feel your limbs are growing older. And it's not the hike On the hard turnpike That wipes away your smile, Nor the socks of sisters That raise the blooming blisters, It's the last long mile! Some day they'll send us over And they'll put us in the trench, Taking pop shots at the Fritz’s With the Tommy’s and the French. And someday we'll be marching Through a town across the Rhine, And then, you bet, we'll all forget These mournful words of mine! Oh, it's not the pack That you carry on your back, Nor the Springfield on your shoulder. Nor the five inch crust Of Clinton County dust That makes you feel your limbs are growing older. And it's not the hike On the hard turnpike That wipes away your smile, Nor the socks of sisters That raise the blooming blisters, It's the last long mile! Oh, it's not the pack That you carry on your back, Nor the Springfield on your shoulder. Nor the five inch crust Of Clinton County dust That makes you feel your limbs are growing older. And it's not the hike On the hard turnpike TThat wipes away your smile, Nor the socks of sisters That raise the blooming blisters, It's the last long mile! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - January 2016)

    


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