TELL "THE COLONEL"

Have you got a "kick" to make?
Tell "The Colonel."
When the rules you badly break,
See "The Colonel."

Have they "canned" you on the run?
Tell "The Colonel."
Tell the tale of what they've done
To "The Colonel."

Are they working you too hard?
Tell "The Colonel."
Are you falling in the discard?
See "The Colonel."

Do they want to cut your pay?
See "The Colonel."
He will hear all you say,
Will "The Colonel."

Is the menu "out of whack?"
Tell "The Colonel."
The outrage he'll attack,
Will "The Colonel."

Is the Commissary bad?
Tell "The Colonel."
If you tell him he'll be glad
Will "The Colonel."

Is your leave overdue?
See "The Colonel."
"They'll know better when they're through
With "The Colonel."

When you're loaded down with grief,
See "The Colonel."
He will give you quick relief,
Will "The Colonel."

Pass your sorrows and your woes
To "The Colonel."
He will "uderstand"; he "knows,"
Does "The Colonel."

He is here to join the seas,
Is "The Colonel"
And he always tries to please,
Does "The Colonel."

If you always act the man
With "The Colonel,"
He will help you, if he can,"Will "The Colonel."

All the "roughnecks" doff their "lids"
To "The Colonel.
He's their "daddy"; they're the "kids"
Of "The Colonel."

That's the secret of the thing,
Yankee Nation!
Brotherhood! the song I sing,
Yankee Nation.


From: Panama Roughneck Ballads by John Hall, 1912

Background: Goethals Memorial - Balboa, CZ

Presented by CZBrats
November 10, 1998
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