Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Variation on "Sister Susie"

From the Llanelly Star, 30th January 1915.

Nellies knitting knick knacks for the soldiers,
Her knotty knack of knitting nets their neckties by the score;
But Tommy, likewise, Jacky, would prefer some fags and baccy
To the knotty knitted neckties Nelly knits for necks galore.
[There were several attempts to rewrite the song Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers  (words given here). The spelling and punctuation in this one is as it appeared in the newspaper - no author or source is credited, so it was probably a local effort.

Jacky, i.e. Jack Tar, is the generic Royal Navy sailor, just as Tommy is the generic soldier.] 

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