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Jimmy Newman

  • (Tom Paxton)

    Get up, Jimmy Newman, the morning is come
    The engines are rumbling, the coffee's all brewed
    Get up, Jimmy Newman, there's work to be done
    And why do you lie here, still sleeping

    There's a waiting line forming to use the latrine
    And the sun is just opening the skies
    The breakfast they're serving just has to be seen
    And you've only to open your eyes

    Get up, Jimmy Newman, my radio's on
    The news is all bad, but it's good for a laugh
    The tent flap is loose and the peg must be gone
    And why do you lie there, still sleeping

    The night nurse is gone and the sexy one's here
    And she tells us such beautiful lies
    Her uniform's tight on her marvelous rear
    And you've only to open your eyes

    Get up, Jimmy Newman, you're missing the fun
    They're loading the planes, Jim, it's time to go home
    It's over for us, there's no more to be done
    And why do you lie there, still sleeping

    It's stateside for us, Jim, the folks may not know
    We'll let it be such a surprise
    They're loading us next, Jim, we're ready to go
    And you've only to open your eyes

    Get up, Jimmy Newman, they won't take my word
    I said you sleep hard, but they're shaking their heads
    Get up, Jimmy Newman, and show them you heard
    Ah, Jimmy, just show them you're sleeping

    A joke is a joke, but there's nothing to gain
    Jim, I'd slap you, but I'm too weak to rise
    Get up, damn it, Jimmy - you're missing the plane
    And you've only to open your eyes
    You've only to open your eyes

    My God, Jimmy - open your eyes

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  • [1988:] Written in 1969, about the Vietnam war. (Notes Tom Paxton, 'Politics)

  • [1991:] On Kennedy and the early development of the Vietnam War see Thomas C. Reeves, 'A Question of Character', 287ff

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