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Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

  • (Pete Seeger)

    It was back in 1942, I was part of a good platoon
    We were on manoeuvres in Louisiana one night by the light of the moon
    The Captain said, We got to ford the river, that's where it all began
    We were knee deep in the Big Muddy
    And the damn fool kept yelling to push on

    The Sergeant said, Sir, are you sure this is the way back to base
    Sergeant, I once crossed this river not a mile above this place
    It'll be a little soggy but we'll keep on slogging, we'll soon be on dry ground
    We were waist deep in the Big Muddy
    And the damn fool kept yelling to push on

    Captain, sir, with all this gear 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, follow me - I'll lead on
    We were neck deep in the Big Muddy
    And the damn fool kept yelling to push on

    All of a sudden the moon clouded over, all we heard was a gurgling cry
    And a second later the Captain's helmet was all that floated by
    The Sergeant said, Turn round, men, I'm in charge from now
    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 the water was deeper than the place where he'd once been
    For another stream had joined the Muddy a half mile from where we'd gone
    We were lucky to get out of the Big Muddy
    When the damn fool kept yelling to push on

    I don't want to draw conclusions, I'll leave that to yourself
    Maybe you're still walking, maybe you're still talking
    But every time I hear the news that old feeling comes back on
    We're neck deep in the Big Muddy
    And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

    Knee deep in the Big Muddy
    And the fools keep yelling, Push on
    Waist deep in the Big Muddy
    And the damn fools keep yelling, Push on
    Waist deep, neck deep
    We'll be drowning before too long
    We're neck deep in the Big Muddy
    And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

    (as sung by Dick Gaughan)

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