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YOUR KING AND COUNTRY WANT YOU (A Woman's Recruiting Song) (aka: WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU, BUT WE THINK YOU OUGHT TO GO) (Music & Lyrics: Paul A. Rubens) Helen Clark - 1914 Bessie Jones - 1914 Edna Thornton - 1914 Robert Howe - 1914 Miss Ainell - 1914 Stanley Kirkby - 1914 Eileen Boyd - 1914 The Ladies of the Chorus (feat. in the London Stage Production "Oh, What A Lovely War!") - 1963 The Ladies of the Chorus (feat. in the Broadway Production) - 1964 Penny Allen & Chorus Line (feat in the film "Oh, What A Lovely War!") - 1969 As recorded by HELEN CLARK: We've watched you playing cricket and every kind of game At football, golf and polo you men have made your name But now your country calls you to play your part in war And no matter what befalls you, we shall love you all the more So, come and join the Forces as your fathers did before Oh, we don't want to lose you, but we think you ought to go For your king and your country both need you so We shall want you and miss you, but with all our might and main We shall cheer you, thank you, kiss you, when you come back again Oh, we don't want to lose you, but we think you ought to go For your king and your country both need you so We shall want you and miss you, but with all our might and main We shall cheer you, thank you, kiss you, when you come back again We want you from all quarters, so help us South and North We want you in your thousands, from Falmouth to the Forth You'll never find us fail you when you are in distress So, answer when we hail you and let your word be "Yes" And so your name in years to come, each mother's son shall bless Oh, we don't want to lose you, but we think you ought to go For your king and your country both need you so We shall want you and miss you, but with all our might and main We shall cheer you, thank you, kiss you, when you come back again Oh, we don't want to lose you, but we think you ought to go For your king and your country both need you so We shall want you and miss you, but with all our might and main We shall cheer you, thank you, kiss you, when you come back again** **In male recordings, the words "kiss you" were replaced by "bless you" EXTRA VERSE: It's easy for us women to stay at home and shout But remember there's a duty to the men who first went out The odds against that handful were nearly four to one And we cannot rest until it's man for man and gun for gun And every woman's duty is to see that duty done (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2014)

    


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