Stores

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  1. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Found myself humming an old tune the other day - it was the ode to the Quarter Masters stores - but try as

    I might only one verse came back- "there were rats - rats - big as bloody cats - in the stores - in the stores

    anyone remember any more…

    Cheers
     
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  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    This?

    http://countydown.x10.mx/html/war_poems.htm

    The Quarter Masters Stores

    There were rats, rats, big as bloody cats
    In the store, in the store
    There were rats, rats, big as bloody cats
    In the Quartermaster's stores

    My eyes are dim, I cannot see
    I have not brought my specs with me
    I have not brought my specs with me

    There was beer, beer, to bring us all good cheer
    In the store, in the store
    There was beer, beer, to bring us all good cheer
    In the Quartermaster's store

    There was cheese, cheese, rotting, stinking cheese
    In the store, in the store
    There was cheese, cheese, rotting, stinking cheese
    In the Quartermaster's store

    There was bread, bread, heavy as lumps of lead
    There was whisky, whisky, the stuff that makes you frisky
    There were socks, socks, filthy, smelly socks
    There were tents, tents, full of holes and rents
    There was rice, rice, full of bugs and lice
    There were flies,flies, eating all the pies
    In the Quartermaster's store
     
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  3. dbf

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  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Stores are for Storing - That is all !
     
  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Diane

    Fantastic - Now I shall be singing that all day long- even at Church
    Cheers
     
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Grandad used to sing that, with occasionally very rude lyrics.
    Dad still does.
    And so do I, sometimes.

    Those troopships cast a long shadow :).
     
  7. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Around 1936 I went to my first C&BG Boy's Club camp and one of the songs we used to sing round the camp fire was Stores.

    Thanks for reviving a wonderful memory !

    Ron
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Youngest son came home from school signing it last year .
     
  9. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day dbf.super moderators.yesterday.04:07pm.#3 re:stores.great video.thank you for posting.brings back memory's.regards bernard85 :icon_spammer:
     
  10. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    I've played the tune through quite a few times but it still appears that missing from the official version is the following line;

    There was butter, butter, scrapings of the gutter.

    Ah! ........ such wonderful memories !

    Ron
     
  11. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    I find it very odd that none of the more recent "veterans" have commented on this staple song - what do they sing - something

    from the beatles no doubt…

    Cheers
     
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  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I've also sung this, not around a campfire but when travelling with the school netball team, also "with occasionally very rude lyrics"

    Apparently it also features somewhere in the old POW based film The Captive Heart.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038396/
    Been a long time since I've seen that one.
     
  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Tom, that really made me laugh. Good impression of a high court judge. ;)

    Was trying to find the variant I used to hear on someone's record player. Tommy Handley definitely the one.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0knM6-8PKI
     
  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    You did ask....


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROaUE25S6hc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqJHoZBJYxI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZu9N8qMKjA
     
  15. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

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    That's what it's all about - having a giggle or two - but not the rubbish from Drew

    Cheers
     
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  17. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I don't know this one but Churchill liked it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2opqkBjkAPg

    lyrics:
    http://www.contemplator.com/england/tarpaulin.html


    From the Martin Gilbert's Churchill programmes which were recently on iplayer:

     

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