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SALUTE TO A SWITCHBLADE (Tom T. Hall) Tom T. Hall - 1970 Me and Yates, an army buddy o'mine Were doin' three years in Germany at the time We came upon these frauleins in a bar Yates said, "Darf isch zee be-gleit-en?", they said, "Ya" And darf isch zee be-gleit-en means can we sit with you all Oh, we must have drunk ten quarts of German beer My conscience and my sinuses were clear I asked that fraulein if she was a spy She said, "Nein but do bis ain bissel high" A condition not uncommon to the American soldier Well, later on I went to be excused When I returned I was a bit confused Yates and his fraulein had hit the air Another guy was sittin' in my chair A young soldier whom we shall get to know better I said, "Excuse me, Mister, that's my seat I'd like to have it back, Sir, if you please That girl's a nurse and I've been awful sick" The man looked up at me and said, "Mox-nix" Which means that he was not overly concerned with my health Next thing I knew he had a switchblade knife Lord, I didn't know that fraulein was his wife I took off through that gasthaus like a fool Behind me I heard the crashing stools As the police would say, he was in hot pursuit Well the waitress yelled, "There's MPs on the way" That's one more reason I didn't want to stay As I went out the window somethin' went swisshh And I giggled all the way home knowin' he missed At the time it seemed like a laughing matter But next mornin' my coat was lyin' there on the bunk And when I saw that coat, it made me jump That man had cut my coat right down the back A little bit more and they'd be playin' me taps And knowin' the sad nature of that song, I would decline it Well later on I heard that guy got stabbed They sent him home and didn't that make me glad On love and marriage I want to say one thing Oh, lady, if you're married wear that ring And the army has a new policy If you can't move it, paint it If it has a switchblade knife, salute it Not necessarily an incident one would want to write Mother about Germany bein' full of good soldiers and good people (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2012)


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