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Gunga din


by Jim Croce. Buy album CD: Other Songs A - W


You may talk of gin and beer
When you're stationed way out here
An' you're sent to penny fights an' Aldershot it
But when it comes to slaughter
You will do your work for water
An' you'll lick the boots of 'im that's got it
Now in Inja's sunny clime
Where I used to spend my time
Servin' her Majesty the Queen
Of all the black faced crew
The finest man I knew
Was regimental bhisti, Gunga Din

The uniform he wore
Was nothin' much before
An' rather less than half of that behind
But a piece of twisty rag
An' a goatskin water bag
Was all the field equipment he could find

When a sweatin' troop train lay
In a sidin' through the day
Where the heat would make you bloomin' eyebrows crawl
We shouted, "Harry By"
Till our throats were bricky-dry
Then wopped him 'cause he couldn't serve us all
He would dot an' carry one
Till the longest day was done
An' never seemed to know the use of fear
If we charged or broke or cut
You could bet your bloomin' nut
He'd be waitin' fifty paces right flank rear
With his mussick on his back
He would skip to our attack
An' watch us till the bugles made"Retire"
An' for all his dirty hide
He was white, clear white inside
When he went to tend the wounded under fire

It was Din, Din, Din
With the bullets kickin' dust spots on the green
And when the cartridges ran out
You could hear the front files shout
Send ammunition mules, and Gunga Din!
I shan't forget the night
When I fell behind the fight
With a bullet where my belt plate should a' been
I was chokin' mad with thirst
An' the man that spied me first
Was our good old grinnin', gruntin' Gunga Din
He lifted up my head
An' he plugged me where I bled
An' he gave me half a pint of water green
It was crawlin' and it stunk
But of all the drinks I've drunk
I'm most grateful to the one from Gunga Din

He carried me away
To where a dooli lay
An' a bullet came and drilled the beggar clean
He carried me inside
An' just before he died
I hope you like your drink said Gunga Din
So I'll meet him later on
In the place where he as gone
Where it's always double drill and no canteen
He'll be squattin' on the coals
Givin' drink to poor damn souls
I'll catch a swig in hell from Gunga Din

It was Din, Din, Din
You Lazarushian-leather Gunga Din
Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you
By the livin' God that made you
Your a better man than I am, Gunga Din



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  1. (and) I Remember Her
  2. A good time man like me ain't got no business (singin' the blues)
  3. Age
  4. Another day, another town
  5. Big fat woman
  6. Big wheel
  7. Car Wash
  8. Careful man
  9. Cats In The Cradle
  10. Chain Gang Medley
  11. Chain Gang Medley: Chain Gang/He Don't Love You/Searchin'
  12. Charlie green play that slide trombone
  13. Child Of Midnight
  14. Cigarettes, Whiskey & Wild, Wild Women
  15. Cotton Mouth River
  16. Country Girl
  17. Don't Mess Around With Jim
  18. Five Short Minutes
  19. Greenback dollar
  20. Gunga din
  21. I am who i am
  22. I've Got A Name
  23. Just another day
  24. King's Song
  25. Maybe Tomorrow
  26. Mississippi Lady
  27. More than that tomorrow
  28. Next time, this time
  29. Nobody Loves A Fat Girl
  30. Old Man River
  31. One Less Set Of Footsteps
  32. Operator
  33. Railroad Song
  34. Railroads And Riverboats
  35. Rapid roy
  36. Recently
  37. Salon And Saloon
  38. Spin, spin, spin
  39. Steel rail blues
  40. Stone Walls
  41. Sun come up
  42. The ball of kerrymuir
  43. The hard way every time
  44. The man that is me
  45. The Migrant Worker
  46. The next man that i marry
  47. This land is your land
  48. Thursday
  49. Top Hat Bar And Grill
  50. Vespers
  51. Way We Used To Be
  52. Wear Out The Turnpike
  53. What do people do
  54. What the hell
  55. Which Way Are You Goin'?
  56. Working At The Car Wash Blues

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