The Soldier Boys

Some verse from Charles McDaniel in the March 28, 1918 Skidmore News, page 5:

The Soldier Boys

Remember when we enlisted
And took the physical exam
We signed up all the papers
And commenced working for Uncle Sam.

We wondered how we’d like the army
And wondered if we’d have to work,
But when the sergeant says “do this or that”
We will sure get in bad if we shirk.

We drill, sling hash and shovel coal,
And take physical drill all we can,
But we don’t kick about that kind of work,
It will make us grow up like a man.

We work and drill all morning
Which makes us hungry as a bear,
But when we hear some one say “come and get it”
We all try to be first one there.

We don’t worry much about going home
Because we don’t have much chance;
All we have to worry about
Is, “when are we going to France?”

Don’t worry about us soldier boys.
We are as happy as can be
For when we get across the water
We’ll march straight through Germany.

We are going to do all we can over there
And kill all the Germans we see,
But when the fight’s over, we’ll come sailing home
To the dear land of Liberty.

Charles McDaniel.
Co. A, 2nd Depot Battalion, Signal Corps, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.

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