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Salonika (The Government Rams) video
#551: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, me husband's in Salonika,
and I wonder if he's dead,
I wonder if he knows he got
a kid with a foxy head;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

Oh, when the war is over,
what will the slackers do?
They'll hang around the soldier lads
and bum a puff or two;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

Oh, when the war is over,
what will the soldiers do?
They'll walk around with a leg and a half,
and the slackers they'll have two;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

Well, they taxed a pound of butter
and they taxed a ha'penny bun,
And yet with all their tax
they couldn't pay the bloody hun;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

Oh, when the war is over,
what will the slackers do?
For every kid in America,
in Cork they'll all have two;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy

Oh, they taxed the Coliseum,
and they taxed St Anthony's Hall,
Why don't they tax the bobbies
with their backs against the wall?
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

They takes us out of Blarney
and they lays us on the grass,
They puts us in a family way
and leaves us on our ass;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

Now, never marry a soldier,
a sailor or a marine,
But keep your eyes on the Sinn Fein
part of the orange, white and green;
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy,
So right away - so right away,
So right away - so right away,
So right away, Salonika,
Right away, me soldier boy.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Irish song referencing a WWI Franco-British encampment in Greek Macedonia ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by The Government Rams (Homebrew 2, trk#7, Avondale Music, Big Pig Productions).

From the Princeton University WordNet: Salonika - Thessaloniki, Salonica, Thessalonica (a port city in northeastern Greece on an inlet of the Aegean Sea; second largest city of Greece).

NOTE: Foxy head - red-head.



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