Forces Songs

#2
Song about a paratrooper in 1970 NI that threw himself upon a bomb. Knew an old para LE major that used to sing it when he was wazzed. Im not para, he was a cadet OC at the time but an awesome bloke. Soldier by harvey andrews was the song.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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#3
'Goodbye Dolly Gray' had a resonance for my lot, as did 'We'll hang out the washing on the Seigfried Line'
 

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#6
We are the galloping 5&9s
We are the galloping 5&9s
Every man in the squadron is willing to do or die
We are the galloping 5&9s
And we're next to the navy on the sea
If it wasn't for the galloping 5&9s boy,
Where the feck would the army be?

Miles behind the lines (shovelling sh!t)
Miles behind the lines (shovelling sh!t)
If it wasn't for the galloping 5&9s boy,
Where the feck would the army be?
 
#7
Captain__Carnage said:
Song about a paratrooper in 1970 NI that threw himself upon a bomb. Knew an old para LE major that used to sing it when he was wazzed. Im not para, he was a cadet OC at the time but an awesome bloke. Soldier by harvey andrews was the song.
This song was about Sgt Michael Willets GC, 3 Para, who died in Springfield Road Police station, when it was blown up in 1971.

clicky to listen to it;
http://www.palacebarracksmemorialgarden.org/The Parachute Regiment.htm
 
#11
"I've sat in this saddle for hours and hours,
I've stuck it as long as I could.
But I'm damned if I'll stick it any longer, any longer,
My arsehole is not made of wood, wood, wood."

I can't recall to which unit it belongs, but my Granddad used to sing it to me when I was a kid. As a clue to its source, Granddad's job at Arnhem was throwing supplies out of the back of aeroplanes.
 
#14
"They say there's a troopship just leaving Bombay,
Bound for Old Blighty's shores.
Heavily laden with time-expired men,
Bound for a land they adore.

There's many a Sergeant just finishing his time,
There's many a twerp signing on.
But they'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,
But they'll get no promotion, this side of the Ocean,
So cheer up my lads, bless 'em all."


Many variations, depending on where the singer was stationed. Dad knew this version from 1944, Granddad knew it from 1937.
 
#15
"We had to join up,
We had to join up,
We had to join old Churchill's Army.
Ten bob a week, bugger all to eat,
Dirty great blisters hanging off our feet."

Repeats (incessantly!)
 
#17
"He raised himself up on one elbow,
The blood from his wounds was so red,
He raised himself up on one elbow,
And these were the words that he said..

Oh bury me out in the desert,
Beneath the Arabian sun,
Oh bury me out in the desert,
My duty for England is done.

And when you get back to Old Blighty,
And the war, it is over and done,
Remember the poor Green Howard,
Who was shot by an Eyetalian gun."


Can a Green Howard fill in the omitted verses, please?
 
#19
Markintime said:
Rolling down the autobahn
thirty miles an hour
To the same tune, again only part of the song:

"Sergeant Major Moor calls us on parade,
xxx xxx xxx, a donkey serenade,

Some silly bastard shouts "Right Dress",
You should have seen the fucking mess,

We are the Green Howards, we are a fucking shower.
 
#20
In Munster Rams Rugby Club the song we used to sing was Fisherman< fisherman have you been to see. There was a 6 year old son of a cook who could sing it word perfect.

As for "Driving down the Autobahn" it certainly wasn't a "Trog Song" but a REME one.
 

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