Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Bold Aviator Lay Dying

(Second World War version, trad)
Tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

Oh, the bold aviator was dying
And as 'neath the wreckage he lay, he lay
To the sobbing mechanics about him
These last parting words he did say.

"Take the cylinders out of my kidneys
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain
From the small of my back get the crankshaft
And assemble the engine again.

Two valve springs you’ll find in my stomach,
Three spark plugs are safe in my lung, my lung,
The prop is in splinters inside me,
To my fingers the joy-stick has clung.

Take the propeller boss out of my liver,
Take the aileron out of my thigh, my thigh,
From the seat of my pants take the piston,
Then see if the old crate will fly."

Thanks to Dragonqueen's Lair for these lyrics.   Visit this site for more amusing war songs of this nature.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

My Dad used to sing this to me when I was a little girl in the 50's. he was a rear gunner on Lancasters. It suddenly popped into my head the other night, I haven't heard it for years. He also used to like ,So Deep is the Night, said it was known as the aircrews lament.