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The D-Day Dodgers

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    This song was written by Hamish Henderson of the 51st Highlanders, the man who formally accepted the the Axis' surrender of Italy from Marshal Graziani in April 1945. He kept the signed document of surrender in his pocket till his death. Commissioned in 1941, he worked as an intelligence officer in the Western desert, in Sicily and throughout mainland Italy. Promoted to captain in 1943, he fought with the partisans, captured and interrogated numerous prisoners, and was mentioned in dispatches. The same man who wrote the 51st Highland Division's Farewell to Sicily, and Scottish would-be "anthem" Freedom Come All Ye, as recorded by Luke Kelly and Dick Gaughan among others.
    The song was sung to the tune of Lili Marlene, and was written as a response to Lady Astor's public gaff in referring to those Allied troops fighting in Italy as "D-Day Dodgers".

    THE "D" DODGERS.THERE IS A SONG EIGHT ARMY USED TO SING
    MARCHING THRO THE DESERT, MARCHING WITH A SWING
    BUT NOW THEY'RE ON A DIFFERENT GAME.
    ALTHOUGH THE TUNE IS THE SAME
    THE WORDS HAVE ALL BEEN ALTERED -THE WORDS WE'RE SINGING STILL


    WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS HERE IN ITALY
    DRINKING ALL THE VINO, ALWAYS ON THE SPREE,
    WE DIDN'T LAND WITH EISIENHOWER
    AND SO THEY THINK WE'RE JUST A SHOWER
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​

    HERE'S TO LADY ASTOR, OUR PIN UP GIRL OUT HERE
    SHE'S THE DEAR OLD LADY, WHO SENDS US SUCH GOOD BEER
    AND WHEN WE GET OUR ASTOR BAND
    WE'LL BE THE PROUDEST IN THE LAND
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​


    SALERNO AND CASSINO WE'RE TAKIN IN OUR STRIDE
    WE DIDN'T GO TO FIGHT THERE, WE WENT THERE FOR THE RIDE
    ANZIO AND SANZIO WE'RE O. K.
    JUST ANOTHER HOLIDAY
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​

    AROUND LAKE TRASIMANO WE HAD A LOVELY TIME
    BAGS OF WINE AND WOMAN THERE, THEY DIDN'T COST A DIME
    BASE WALLAHS, AMGOT AND THE YANKS
    ALL STAYED IN ROME , TO DODGE THE TANKS
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​


    WE STAYED A WEEK IN FLORENCE POLISHED OF THE VINO
    THEN THUMBED OUR WAY TO RIMINI THRO THE GOTHIC LINE
    SOON TO BOLOGNA WE WILL GO
    WHEN JERRYS GONE ACROSS THE PO
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​

    SOON THE BOYS IN FRANCE, WILL BE GETTING LEAVE
    AFTER SIX MONTHS SERVICE ITS A SHAME THERE NOT RELIEVED
    BUT WE CON CARRY ON OUT HERE
    FOR WHAT MAY BE A FEW MORE YEARS
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​


    ONCE WE HEARD A RUMOUR WE WERE GOING HOME
    BACK TO DEAR OLD BLIGHTY NEVER MORE TO ROAM
    THEN SOME ONE SAID IN FRANCE YOU'LL FIGHT
    WE ANSWERED "NO WE'LL JUST SIT TIGHT"
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​

    wHEN THE WAR IS OVER AND WE'VE DONE OUR BIT
    CLIMBING OVER MOUNTAINS, THRO' MUD AND SLEET
    THEN WE WILL ALL BE SENT OUT EAST
    TILL B.L.A. HAVE BEEN RELEASED
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​


    FORGOTTEN BY THE MANY REMEMBERED BY THE FEW
    WE HAD OUR ARMISTICE WHEN AN ARMESTICE WAS NEW
    ONE MILLION GERMANS GAVE UP TO US
    WE FINISHED OUR WAR WITHOUT MUCH FUSS
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​

    IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE MOUNTAINS IN THE WIND AND RAIN YOU'LL FIND THE SCATTERED CROSSES SOME WHICH BEAR NO NAME
    HEART BREAK AND TOIL AND SUFFERING GONE
    THE BOYS BENEATH THEM SLUMBER ON
    FOR WE'RE THE "D" DAY DODGERS OUT HERE IN ITALY​

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