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Songs of the Great War
Music Associated with Wartime
"Annie Rimmer from Southport, Lancashire was 16 when World War I began and she knew every word of all these songs and many more. This quiz is a little something for her."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
'Keep the Home Fires Burning' was a bit dark and wistful for 1914 and the first flush of patriotic fervour. It became, however, one of the biggest hits of the war. The words were written by Lena Ford and the music by a man who would become one of the most prolific of Britain's composers of popular music. Who was he?
Kenneth J. Alford
'Three German Officers Crossed the Rhine' is only one version of a tremendously popular song that dates from 1915. What is the best-known (and more respectable) version known as?
Mademoiselle from Armentieres
It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Pack Up Your Troubles
I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier
The British March King, Kenneth J. Alford, wrote a rousing march in 1915 that re-emerged during World War II as the tune to a rude song about a missing portion of Hitler's lower anatomy. The song resurfaced again in the film 'Bridge Over the River Kwai' and has become immortal. It's called 'Colonel...'
(One word. B....!)
'Smile the while you bid me sad adieu, when the clouds roll by I'll come to you. Then the skies will seem more clear, down on Lover's Lane, my dearest...' What is the name of this lovely waltz?
Till We Meet Again
It's a Long Long Trail
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Roses of Picardy
'Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag' was a phenomenally popular marching song of 1915. The lyrics specify that you need a 'lucifer' for your 'fag'. What do they mean?
A match for your cigarette
A leash for your dog
A lantern for your equerry
A machine gun for the Germans
Although it was written in 1912, 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' became one of the most popular and enduring of World War I songs. It tells the story of Paddy, an Irish soldier, who is writing to his sweetheart Molly. If she doesn't get the letter, what does he ask her to do?
Wait for him regardless
Send him a wire
This very Irish tenor had Scottish parents and although he became the true 'voice' of the British war, he spent the duration in the United States. His rendition of the wonderful song 'Roses of Picardy' is a classic. Who was he?
Novelty songs were very popular during the Great War. An incredibly politically incorrect little number tells the story of a 'brave and bold' soldier trying to make time with a beautiful blonde called Katy. He has a problem getting the words out, though. Why?
He keeps clearing his throat (ahem, ahem)
'Over there! Over there! Send the word, send the word, over there that the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming...' Who wrote this rousing and inspired song?
George M. Cohan
'Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning' was not only very popular, but also a personal life statement on the part of the reluctant draftee who wrote it. Who was he?
George M. Cohan
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Compiled Nov 15 14