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BatFace1 Wed 27-Mar-19 14:29:09

An old boyfriends dad used to play this song so often back in the 80s that I can almost recall it word for word but can I find mention of it on google? No! Can you?

No idea who it's by. It's a blues type country song. Here's some of the lyrics - what I can recall - hand typed as I can't bloody find them to copy and paste of course ..

Sitting with my guitar singin the blues,
Heard the postman coming, he was bringing bad news,
Gotta get out that civilian rut, there's a vacant bed awaiting in the army hut,
I'm a man of few words so I didn't say much. I just fainted.

When I came to, I told mum and dad
But they didn't take it so very bad,
Just remember one thing son and you'll get by,
Keep your boots polished and your powder dry

- - -

Can't remember much else. A line that says ' I went up and down and round and round, til the blood in my head was beginning to pound and I was thinking of shooting myself. Or the sergeant'

Anyone know where I can look? I want to listen to it again!

Myheartbelongsto Wed 27-Mar-19 14:31:25

Guitar sings the blues

Myheartbelongsto Wed 27-Mar-19 14:35:01

Nope not that. Was it by Charlie rich?

mingham Wed 27-Mar-19 14:38:40

Talking Army Blues?

Tinkoschminko Wed 27-Mar-19 14:39:08

Yeah it’s talking Army blues OP.

BatFace1 Wed 27-Mar-19 14:39:26

No don't think it's Charlie rich

Usually you can put in a few lines and up a match comes! Not with this one

Tinkoschminko Wed 27-Mar-19 14:41:32

alikin' Army Blues

Sittin' with ma guitar playin' the blues
Heard the Postman comin' he was bringin' bad news
Got a letter said better get out of that civilian rut
There's vacant bed awaiting in an Army hut
I'm a man of few words didn't say nothin' much I just fainted.

When a came to I told Mom and Dad
But they didn't take it so very bad
Dad said remember one thing son and you'll get by
Keep your boots polished and yer powder dry
Least that's what my old commander used to say
And he got to be President or something like that

When Ma got down to packin' ma stuff
She said are you sure three pairs of Long Johns is goin' to be enough
I said I thought that ought to do
As I wasn't intendin' wearin' 'em anyhow
Too darned itchy, you have to scratch
Pretty good for polishing boots with though

When I went off to catch ma train
I said goodbye to Mom 'n' Dad 'n' Jane
Jane said she'd wait for me till Hell froze
Sure must have been a cold winter

Got to the station without any harm
There's this fella there with a band on his arm
Said MP on it, didn't talk like no politician though
He said "Hey you, country hick which way you headed Circle B or Oswaldvick"
I said "man I'm just looking for the Army which way did it go"
He said "Oh a funny man, well we've got a way with funny men in the Army"
He was right.

I took a lorry to the camp lined up and marched in
There was a big fat fella with a double-chin
Gave us some double-talk about not steppin' out o' line
And writing letters to your MP 'n' stuff like that
Which I thought was kinda mean of him
But then he was a mean fella called himself an RSM
Never did discover what a Retired School Master
Was doin' in the Army

Well they took me away and they cut off m' hair
And they gave me a convict suit to wear
With a pair of boots sized twenty-two
And stuck needles in me till I was black 'n' blue
Feelin' miserable. Then they decided that I needed exercise

So the Sergeant took me and the rest of the boys
And He showed us one of life's greatest joys, Marchin'
We marched up and down and round and round
Till the blood in m' head was beginnin' to pound
And m' legs was beginnin' to fray at the ends
And I was thinkin' of shootin' m' self, or the Sergeant.

Then I thought I might work m' ticket
But workin' your ticket's a hard thing to do
You can talk to the doctor till yer face is blue
'Cos the MO don't care about hammered toes,
homesickness or any of those
His idea is that you're in the Army it's such a healthy life
Cures of almost anything - even lying
He's another one just like the Sergeant - Mean
I guess they're just a pair of disillusioned idealists.

BatFace1 Wed 27-Mar-19 14:43:53

Ha ! Thank you! Brilliant. I've been searching on and off for this for years now. Just listened to it. LOVE

ToEarlyForDecorations Wed 27-Mar-19 14:47:26

What a fab song !

Can I ask ?

Here's some lyrics that I can't get out of my head, they are as follows:

Years and years, I'm giving you - years and years. Every second of every minute, my life's not whole if you're not in it.

I thought it might be Bruno Mars or either of the Justins. I put the lyric in tinternet and it just gives me the pop group, 'Years and years' Their pop song, 'if you're over me' is very good but not what I was looking for.

LailaByron Wed 27-Mar-19 14:52:34

Olly Murs ^^

Tinkoschminko Wed 27-Mar-19 15:32:18

OP when you have a song like this, pick a rare phrase and google that instead - too many misremembered connectives in the whole song!

It’s quite good. I like it!

BatFace1 Wed 27-Mar-19 15:53:25

Yes that's a good point @Tinkoschminko - I've listened to it a few times now. Fond memories! It's a very witty song

BlankTimes Wed 27-Mar-19 15:59:43

Anyone know who is doing the track on this MIC 2019 trailer please?

I can't find the track and Google's no help with the few lyrics.

BlankTimes Wed 27-Mar-19 16:05:35

Typical, found it!

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