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Gory, Gory, What a Helluva Way to Die!

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  1. Radar4077

    Radar4077 Member

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    The song in the Thread title is something I heard from Band of Brothers. I looked in Google and I found the whole song. Please note that some of the lyrics are sorta graphic.

    He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright
    He checked off his equipment and made sure his pack was tight;
    He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar,
    "You ain't gonna jump no more!"
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    "Is everybody happy?" cried the Sergeant looking up,
    Our Hero feebly answered "Yes," and then they stood him up;
    He jumped into the icy blast, his static line unhooked,
    And he ain't gonna jump no more.
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    He counted long, he counted loud, he waited for the shock,
    He felt the winds, he felt the clouds, he felt the awful drop,
    He yanked the cord, the silk spilled out and wrapped around his legs,
    And he ain't gonna jump no more.
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    The risers wrapped around his neck, connectors cracked his dome,
    Suspension lines were tied in knots around his skinny bones;
    The canopy became his shroud; he hurtled to the ground.
    And he ain't gonna jump no more.
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    The days he'd lived and loved and laughed kept running through his mind,
    He thought about the girl back home, the one he'd left behind;
    He thought about the medics and he wondered what they'd find,
    And he ain't gonna jump no more.
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    The ambulance was on the spot, the jeeps were running wild,
    The medics jumped and screamed with glee, rolled up their sleeves and smiled,
    For it had been a week or more since last a 'chute had failed,
    And he ain't gonna jump no more.
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    He hit the ground, the sound was "Splat!," his blood went spurting high,
    His comrades then were heard to say: "A hell of a way to die!"
    He lay there rolling round in the welter of his gore,
    And he ain't gonna jump no more.
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    (slowly, solemnly)

    There was blood upon the risers, there were brains upon the chute,
    Intestines were a'dangling from his Paratrooper suit,
    He was a mess, they picked him up, and poured him from his boots,
    And he ain't gonna jump no more
    Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    The chorus can also be sung in this 'uncensored' version:

    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die
    With a rifle up your a** and a bullet in your eye
    Gory, gory what a hell of a way to die
    When your balls hang lower then your paratrooper boots
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die
    With a rifle in your hand, and you're falling through the sky
    Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die
    He ain't gonna jump no more!
    The final chorus is (rarely) changed alternately to:

    (solemly sing)

    They placed him in a blanket, then they laid his soul to rest
    They notified his next of kin; his funeral was the best
    And on his monument of stone they scribed this little verse:
    He ain't gonna jump no more
    Gory, Gory, what a helluva way to die
    Gory, Gory, what a helluva way to die
    Gory, Gory, what a helluva way to die
    He ain't, gonna jump, no more...
    Or:

    Beautiful streamer please open for me
    Blue skies above me and no canopy
    I counted ten thousand, waited too long
    Reached for my ripcord and the handle was gone
    Gory, Gory, what a helluva way to die
    Gory, Gory, what a helluva way to die
    Gory, Gory, what a helluva way to die
    He ain't, gonna jump, no more...


    Is this an actual song they sung in WWII? Just curious. And while I'm typing, How historically accurate is the show 'Band of Brothers'?






    Thanks in advance,
    Kyle
     
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  2. Slipdigit

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  3. Radar4077

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    Ah thanks, Slip. I've had that song in my head for a while now. I don't get why Paratroopers would sing about another Paratrooper dying. It would scare the crap out of me.
     
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    USMCPrice Idiot at Large

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    Slipdigit gave you the correct name of the song "Blood upon the Risers". It's a marching song and they still sang it when I went to jump school. Bobby/A-58 can tell if they did when he went.
    The lyrics vary somewhat and the version I remember is closer to this one:

    Is everybody happy
    Said the sergeant looking up
    Our hero feebly answered "Yes"
    And then they hooked him up,
    He jumped into the slipstream,
    And he twisted twenty times,
    And he ain't going to jump no more.

    Chorus:
    Glory glory what a hell of a way to die,
    Glory glory what a hell of a way to die,
    And he ain't going to jump no more.

    2. He counted loud, he counted long
    And waited for the shock
    He felt the wind, he felt the air,
    He felt that awful drop,
    He pulled his lines, the silk came down
    And wrapped around his legs
    And he ain't going to jump no more.
    Chorus:

    3. The days he lived and loved and laughed
    Kept running through his mind
    He thought about the medics
    And wondered what they would find,
    He thought about the girl back home,
    The one he left behind.
    And he ain't going to jump no more.
    Chorus:

    4. The lines all wrapped around his neck,
    The D rings broke his dome,
    His lift webs wrapped themselves
    In knots around each skinny bone,
    His canopy became his shroud
    As he hurtled to the ground ,
    And he ain't going to jump no more.
    Chorus:

    5. The ambulance was on the spot,
    The jeeps were running wild,
    The medics, they clapped their hands
    And rolled their sleeves and smiled,
    For it had been a week or more,
    Since last a chute had failed,
    And he ain't going to jump no more.
    Chorus:

    6. He hit the ground, the sound was "splat",
    The blood went spurting high,
    His pals were heard to say
    Oh what a lovely way to die,
    They rolled him up still in his chute,
    And poured him from his boots,
    And he ain't going to jump no more.
    Chorus:

    7. There was blood upon his risers,
    There were brains upon his chute,
    Blood that came a trickling
    From his paratrooper boots,
    And there he lay like jelly
    In the welter of his gore,
    And he ain't going to jump no more.
    Chorus:

    I'm not sure what the correct WWII version was.
     
  5. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Men are never nice to each other. Just another way of dealing with their fears.
     
  6. formerjughead

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    I thnk it has more to do with 'Dirt Darts' not being overly bright :)
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    About like "Jarheads" not knowing how to spell....

    I went to jump school in March of 1978, and it was heard frequently then. Later on in my first assignment in Alaska, about the only time we heard it or sung it was when were were ripped to sh1t drunk at the NCO club waiting for the MPs to join the party.

    And if just hearing that song would scare the crap out of you Radar4077, I can just imagine what would happen if you stood in the door and hesitated in the front of a stick of screaming paratroopers bent on un-a$$ing the aircraft. Sick humor is a given in organizations like that. I'm sure the Marine Corps has their fair share of it too. I know we do here with the state police.
     
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    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    I guess I just lost my spot on Bobby's All-American Spelling Bee; besides, you don't got to spell good to shoot one of them fancy rifle guns.
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    Or stick'em with a bayonet. A bullet launcher is fine iff'n you gots plenty of bullets handy.
     
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    And the Marine Corps scores another point, they still issue bayonets and train you to use them. In the Army they have become passe'.
    Formerjughead, I am highly offended by the "dirt dart" comment, but it was pretty darn funny.:)
     
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    He's just jealous, that's all.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Sick humor has been a constant anywhere I have ever worked with a group of men.
     
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    The song I always get stuck in my head is that one E company sings when running up Currahee.

    Hidy-tidy, Christ Almighty, who the --ll are we, Jim man, G-- D---, we're airborne infantry".

    It has some other lines that not for mixed company as well.
     
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    There is actually a full version of that song/ chant in "Battle Cry" by Leon Uris
     
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    I was just thinking of this song the other day and now I have the lyrics! Thank you so much!
     
  16. Radar4077

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    and while this thread is still active, could anyone tell me how historically correct 'Band Of Brothers' is? Thanks.
     
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    For the most part, there was an attempt to be accurate, but there were some errors.

    A good portion of Ambrose's book that the series was developed from was pulled from an autobiography called Parachute Infantry, by Daniel Kenyon Webster. If you are familiar with the series, he was the trooper wounded in the butt during Market Garden and then rejoined the division after Foy, outside Bastogne. In the series, he was shown to have been shunned by other soldiers for missing the Bulge, but that was not factual, according to his book.

    There was another error about a soldier named Albert Blithe. The series says he died sometime after the war from his injuries or something like that. He actually lived well into the 1970s and continued to serve in the army until retirement.

    There are a few other errors, but I cannot recall them at present.
     
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    It's a pretty accurate story. Some of the actual people and events were monkied around with to make for good TV; but, all in all it's pretty close. The book is more accurate as far as charecters and events. There is actually a companion video to the movie: "We Stand Alone Together" and it's several interviews with the men from the movie.
     
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    Ok, thanks.
     

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