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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:19 PM
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Waist deep in the Big Muddy
I remember this from the Smothers Brothers show back in the 60s. It seems appropriate again, now that the Decider will almost surely proclaim that The Way Forward in Iraq is to escalate and send in more troops. The damn fool said to push on. How can ANYONE miss the lesson of Vietnam here???

WAIST DEEP IN THE BIG MUDDY

It was back in nineteen forty-two,
I was a member of a good platoon.
We were on maneuvers in-a Loozianna,
One night by the light of the moon.
The captain told us to ford a river,
That's how it all begun.
We were -- knee deep in the Big Muddy,
But the big fool said to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, are you sure,
This is the best way back to the base?"
"Sergeant, go on! I forded this river
'Bout a mile above this place.
It'll be a little soggy but just keep slogging.
We'll soon be on dry ground."
We were -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, with all this equipment
No man will be able to swim."
"Sergeant, don't be a Nervous Nellie,"
The Captain said to him.
"All we need is a little determination;
Men, follow me, I'll lead on."
We were -- neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.

All at once, the moon clouded over,
We heard a gurgling cry.
A few seconds later, the captain's helmet
Was all that floated by.
The Sergeant said, "Turn around men!
I'm in charge from now on."
And we just made it out of the Big Muddy
With the captain dead and gone.

We stripped and dived and found his body
Stuck in the old quicksand.
I guess he didn't know that the water was deeper
Than the place he'd once before been.
Another stream had joined the Big Muddy
'Bout a half mile from where we'd gone.
We were lucky to escape from the Big Muddy
When the big fool said to push on.

Well, I'm not going to point any moral;
I'll leave that for yourself
Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
You'd like to keep your health.
But every time I read the papers
That old feeling comes on;
We're -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.

Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep! Neck deep! Soon even a
Tall man'll be over his head, we're
Waist deep in the Big Muddy!
And the big fool says to push on!

Words and music by Pete Seeger (1967)
TRO (c) 1967 Melody Trails, Inc. New York, NY

Peace,
Bake

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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:21 PM
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1. It's sad we have to bring back all the old 'protest' songs. When will we ever learn.....
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:22 PM
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2. I remember Pete singing it
wasn't this what got the Smothers Brothers canned from CBS?

Yeah, we're waste deep in the Big Muddy
And the d*mn fool says to push on

(the way I remember it-maybe that's how Pete sang it then!)
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:24 PM
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4. I remember it being "the damn fool said to push on."
And it was certainly ONE of the things that got the Smothers Brothers canned.

Bake
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:22 PM
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3. Very appropriate song..
Thanks Bake!
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:26 PM
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5. Pete Seeger has another one.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE
words and music by Pete Seeger
performed by Pete Seeger and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

1961 (Renewed) Fall River Music Inc
All Rights Reserved.
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:15 PM
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6. Strange how these are so relevant today.
You'd think we'd have learned something. Apparently not.

Bake
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