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There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

"The Jungle Lament" by: Walter E. Newman - WWII

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Private MacGrinder Fitzgerald MacJeep
Moaned and groaned and tossed in his sleep
In his cot was some sand and an ant or two
He was covered with chiggers that stuck like glue.


He had caught a cold in the jungles damp
And from Atabrine pills he'd developed a cramp
He was dopy from taking those thousands of pills
That the Medics dispense to banish all ills.


His GI garments were covered with mold
His only newspapers were six months old
The sun never shown and his shoes never dried
And his waterproof tent let the rain inside.


His folding mess-kit would always fold up
As he tried to jiggle his tools kit and cup
He discovered that beans weren't confined to the Navy
And his pie never missed being garnished with gravy.


Shows were few and his girl didn't write
When at last she did, she said: "Last night
I weakened, now don't be enraged
To an Aircraft worker I am now engaged.


But for all these troubles he cares not a whit
His mind's on the home folks doing their bit
His Father's at Lockheed's, his Mother's at Bell
Three Sisters at Boeings and are doing quite well.


With all that money and no gas to roam
With Victory bonds they have peppered their home
And still our poor Private is out on his feet
Wondering just how his home folks will eat.


The jungle has got him, 'tis sad to state
And the moral of this I will not relate
Forget the home folks and the gal that doesn't write
Just lie under a palm tree and watch the natives turn white.
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