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“Early one November
me Uncle Tommy joined the army
kitted him out for danger
and ferried him o’er the sea
he threw me o’er his shoulder
sang to me a dirty ditty
telling me when I were older
– you’ll be just like me –

A half a bottle o’ whisky
tattoo of a pretty lady
half a dozen Havana’s
and his Aunties rosary
a-thunderin’ oe’r the border
guns a-blazin’, hells a-raisin’
– Here I am ya bastards
ye’ll no be havin’ me! –

Tommy was a rifle, Tommy was a razor
Tommy was a ramblin’ man
a silver blade in the dyin’ shade
Oor Tommy was a fightin’ man!

The following December
he sent a card to Auntie Annie
tellin’ her he were frozen
half to death upon a hill
sick o’ the sound o’ trash cans
kickin’ in doors on dear old ladies
sick o’ the screamin’ babies
he had lost the bottle tae kill
he earn’t his scars in German bars
and breakin’ the hearts
o’ the maids o’ Norway
trained his guns upon the Huns
and boxed the sons o’ proud old Galway

Tommy was a rifle, Tommy was a razor
Tommy was a Ramblin’ man
quick with a pound when yer luck was down
oor Tommy was a Jerry can.


Early one November
me Uncle Tommy left the army
stripped him o’ his regalia
and ferried him o’er the main
he took me by the shoulder
sang to me a dirty ditty
– bastard’s only love ye
when ye’re shootin’ at yer ain! -“.

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The Rumjacks, Uncle Tommy – 3:07
Album: Gangs of New Holland (2010)

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