A collection of lyrics for songs as sung by WWI soldiers .

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the billet and battle. Their origin is lost; the songs have arisen like old folk­tales, spontaneous choruses that voice the moods of a moment and of many moments which are monotonously alike. Most of the verse is of no import; the crowd has no sense of poetic values ; it is the singing alone which gives expres­sion to the soldier's soul. " Tipperary " means home when it is sung in a shell-shattered billet, on the long march " Tipperary " is Berlin, the goal of high emprise and great adventures.
Let me speak of a few songs which we sing. This is our idea of the peace which may follow our years of war.
" When the war is over We're going to live in Dover, When the war is over we're going to have a spree,