"We Don't Want the Bacon" 

("What we want is a piece of the Rhine.")

 Dedicated to Lieut. Joseph Foley, U. S. A.

Words and Music by (Kid) Howard Carr,
Harry Russell and Jimmy Havens

Published 1918:  Arcade Music Pub. Co., 32 S. Clark St., Chicago, IL

MIDI file courtesy Benjamin Tubb

 

Verse: 1

If you read your history, why it will show
That we have always held our own with any kind of foe.
We’ve always bro’t the bacon home, no matter what they done,
But we don’t want the bacon now,
We’re out to get the Hun.


CHORUS 1:


We don’t want the bacon, we don’t want the bacon,
What we want is a piece of the Rhine.
We’ll feed “Bill the Kaiser” with our Allied appetizer.
We’ll have a wonderful time.
Old Wilhelm Der Gross will shout “Vas is Los?”
The Hindenburg line will sure look like a dime;
We don’t want the bacon, we don’t want the bacon,
What we want is a piece of the Rhine.


Verse 2:

When this trouble started they said we did not have a chance.
They could not figure out how we could get our men to France.
But we defied the U-boats, for our motto is to win,
We’ve got them into France right now,
They’re headed for Ber-lin.


CHORUS 2:

We don’t want the bacon, we don’t want the bacon,
What we want is a piece of the Rhine.
We’ll crown “Bill the Kaiser” with a bottle of Budweiser.
We’ll have a wonderful time.
We’ll defeat the subm’rine, their Hindenberg machine;
There won’t be any stop, when we go over the top;
We don’t want the bacon, we don’t want the bacon,
What we want is a piece of the Rhine.



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