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Lieutenant Gitz Rice’s World War I trench song


Heather Robertson’s 1977 book, ‘A Terrible beauty: the art of Canada at war’ Cover art

I want to go home, I want to go home,
I don’t want to go in the trenches no more,
Where whizz-bangs and shrapnel they whistle and roar.
Take me over the sea
Where the Alleyman can’t get at me.
Oh my! I don’t want to die,
I want to go home.

Gitz Rice, “I Don’t Want to Die”, 1915

Reference

Robertson, H. (1977). A Terrible beauty: the art of Canada at war. J. Lorimer, p. 47.

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