Waist Deep In The Big Muddy


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It was back in nineteen-forty-two
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I was a member of a good platoon.
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We were on maneuvers in Louisiana,
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One night by the light of the moon.
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The captain told us to ford a river,
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That's how it all begun.
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We were knee-deep in the big muddy
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But the big fool said to push on.


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The sergeant said, "sir, are you sure,
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this is the best way back to the base?"
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"Sergeant, go on, I forded this river
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'bout a mile above this place.
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It'll be a little soggy but just keep slogging
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we'll soon be on dry ground."
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we were waist-deep in the big muddy
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and the big fool said to push on

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The sergeant said, "Sir, with all this equipment
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no man will be able to swim."
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"Sergeant, don't be a nervous nellie."
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The captain said to him
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"All we need is a little determination;
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men, follow me, I'll lead on."
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We were -- neck-deep in the big muddy
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and the big fool said to push on.

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All at once, the moon clouded over,
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we heard a gurgling cry.
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A few seconds later, the captain's helmet
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was all that floated by.
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The sergeant said, "turn around men!
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I'm in charge from now on."
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and we just made it out of the big muddy
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with the captain dead and gone.

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We stripped and dived and found his body
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stuck int he old quicksand.
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I guess he didn't know that the water was deeper
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than the place, he'd once before been.
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another stream had joined the big muddy
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'bout a half-mile from where we'd gone.
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We were lucky to escape from the big muddy
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when the big fool said to push on.

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Well, I'm not going to point any moral;
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I'll leave that for yourself.
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Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
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you'd like to keep your health.
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But every time I read the papers
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that old feeling comes on;
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We're -- waist-deep. Neck-deep. Soon a tall man will be over his head.
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We're waste-deep in the big muddy.
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And the big fool says to push on.
            

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