Weekly Song: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
As you know, I take user feedback and recommendations from DS community members. My grandfather has long been agitating that songs classified as 'oldies' still didn't register as anything he recognized from his youth. So, I asked for a few suggestions. Of course, I didn't recognize any of them.
However, given that it's Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S., a day dedicated to celebrating fallen men and women of the US military, Praise the Lord And Pass the Ammunition seems appropriate. It's catchy song! I suppose if you were a young boy, it would be a strong expression of a time that shaped your worldview.
The songs origins are from the attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into WWII. The story goes like this:
Lieutenant Edwin F. Woodhead, who was the officer in charge of an ammunition line on the USS New Orleans later recounted that during the attack, "I heard a voice behind me saying, 'Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.' I turned and saw Chaplain Forgy walking toward me, along the line of men. He was patting them on the back and making that remark to cheer and keep them going. I know it helped me a lot, too."
The line 'Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition' spread and was composed into the song. It is certainly befitting of the attitude of a generation.
Here is a fantastic interactive video on 'The Fallen of WWII'.
Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition composed by Frank Loesser, 1942 and performed by Kay Kyser
Praise the Lord and swing into position
Can't afford to be a politician
Praise the Lord, we're all between perdition
And the deep blue sea
Yes, the sky pilot said it, you gotta give him credit
For a son of a gun of a gunner was he
Shouting, 'Praise the Lord, we're on a mighty mission
All aboard, we ain't a-goin' fishin'
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
And we'll all stay free'