George Formby Song-book: When The Lads Of The Village Get Cracking-1942
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When The Lads Of The Village Get Cracking-1942
 Regal Zonophone MR3689
Hear those marching feet down our village street
It's the Home Guard going on parade
Every mother's son, shouldering a gun,
Out to show the stuff from which we're made
We're all set to win, now Ill tell you all the mob that I am in.

When the lads of the village get cracking and the whole platoon turns out
Off we go, rain or snow, just like proper soldiers all in a row.

At a pub on the right we stayed all the night and the bar-maid smiled at me
I brought my pyjamas, now don't say a word
I used to be a boy scout and so I came prepared.
When the lads of the village get cracking down the road
On the road to Victory

Now a poacher for fun went bang with his gun at a rabbit near a tree.
At diving for cover the rabbit is fast
But when he heard that gun go off the rabbit was last.
When the lads of the village get cracking down the road to victory.

Now a girl on the land was waving her hand as friendly as can be.
Talk of invasion, she wasn't afraid
She winked her eye at me and murmured "Come on invade".
When the lads of the village get cracking down the road to victory.

Now we ran a dance it was full of romance, and did we have fun oh gee.
We looked for the colonel and found the old chap
Practising manoeuvres with a girl on his lap.
When the lads of the village get cracking down the road to victory.

When the lads of the village get cracking and the whole platoon turns out
Off we go, rain or snow, just like proper soldiers all in a row.
Now I never could learn to right or left turn
And the sergeant swore at me "Right about turn there" I did it so fast
The sergeant said "Oh blimey! Right about something at last'.
When the lads of the village get cracking down the road to victory.
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