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Quote/Poem The New Tommy Atkins (with apologies to Kipling)

Discussion in 'All other military discussion' started by Billy Little, Feb 22, 2012.


  1. Billy Little

    Billy Little Mi Private MI.Net Member

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    The New Tommy Atkins (with apologies to Kipling)

    Submitted by Billy Little
    Author Unknown


    They flew me `ome from Baghdad with a bullet in my chest
    Cos they`ve closed the army `ospitals I`m in the NHS
    The nurse she ain`t no Britisher an` so she ain`t impressed
    It`s like I`m some street corner thug who`s come off second best

    Yes, it`s Tommy, this an` Tommy that an` “You`re not welcome `ere”
    But when Saddam was collar`d they were quick enough to cheer
    They`re proud when Tommy Atkins `olds the thin red line out there
    But now he`s wounded back at `ome he has to wait for care

    Some stranger in the next bed sez “Don`t you feel no shame?
    You kill my muslim brothers!” So it`s me not `im to blame!
    An` then the cleaner ups an` sez “Who are you fighting for?
    It ain`t for Queen and country `cos it`s Bush`s bloody war!”

    It`s Tommy this an` Tommy that an` “Tommy what`s that smell?
    But it`s “God go with you Tommy” when they fly us out to `ell
    O then we`re just like `eroes from the army`s glorious past
    Yes it`s “God go with you Tommy” when the trip might be your last

    They pays us skivvy wages never mind we`re sitting ducks
    When clerks what`s pushing pens at `ome don`t know their flippin` luck
    “Ah yes” sez they “but think of all the travel to be `ad”
    Pull the other one, does cooks do `olidays in Baghdad?

    It`s Tommy this an` Tommy that an` Tommy know your place
    But it`s Tommy take the front seat when there`s terrorists to chase
    An` the town is full of maniacs who`d like you dead toot sweet
    Yes it`s “Thank you Mr Atkins” when they find you in the street

    There`s s`pposed to be a covynant to treat us fair an` square
    But I `ad to buy me army boots an` me combats is threadbare
    An` `alf the bloody `elicopters can`t get in the air
    An` me pistol jammed when snipers fired that’s why I`m laid up `ere

    Yes It`s Tommy this an` Tommy that “We `ave to watch the pence”
    Bold as brass the PM sez “We spare them no expense”
    But I`II tell you when they do us proud an` pull out all the stops
    It`s when Tommy lands at Lyneham in a bloomin` wooden box!
     
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  2. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Very good Billy, I like it (Y)
     
  3. John A Silkstone United Kingdom

    John A Silkstone Mi General MI.Net Member

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    Hi Billy, thanks for putting that up. The thing that annoys me is that someone thought the poem should be changed and put into 4 lines stanzas. When they have no right to do so.

    The original poem is below and when Patrick wrote it, he only used 6 lines in the first stanza while the next three have 8 lines each. His reason for this was to place more emphasis on the last 2 line stanza (Two lines are called a rhyming couplet). And again, his poem is titled Tommy and not The New Tommy Atkins.

    His apologies to Kipling are because he used Kipling rhyming scheme from the poem Tommy Atkins.

    I did the same with one of my poems ‘The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1807–1882

    Silky

    Tommy (with apologies to Kipling)
    Written by Patrick Campbell>

    They flew me 'ome from Baghdad with a bullet in me chest.
    Cos they've closed the army 'ospitals, I'm in the NHS.
    The nurse, she ain't no Britisher an' so she ain't impressed.
    It's like I'm some street corner thug who's come off second best.
    Yes, it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "You're not welcome 'ere".
    But when Saddam was collar'd, they was quick enough to cheer.

    They're proud when Tommy Atkins 'olds the thin red line out there,
    But now he's wounded back at 'ome, he has to wait for care.
    Some stranger in the next bed sez, "Don't you feel no shame?
    You kill my Muslim brothers!" So it's me not 'im to blame!
    An' then the cleaner ups an' sez "Who are you fightin' for?
    It ain't for Queen and country 'cos it's Bush's bloody war!"
    It's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, what's that smell?"
    But it's "God go with you, Tommy," when they fly us out to 'ell.

    O then we're just like 'eroes from the army's glorious past.
    Yes, it's "God go with you, Tommy," when the trip might be your last.
    They pays us skivvy wages, never mind we're sitting ducks,
    When clerks what's pushing pens at 'ome don't know their flippin' luck.
    "Ah, yes" sez they "but think of all the travel to be 'ad."
    Pull the other one. Does Cooks do 'olidays in Baghdad?
    It's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, know your place,"
    But it's "Tommy, take the front seat," when there's terrorists to chase.

    An' the town is full of maniacs who'd like you dead toot sweet.
    Yes, it's "Thank you, Mr Atkins," when they find you in the street.
    There's s'pposed to be a covynant to treat us fair an' square
    But I 'ad to buy me army boots, an' me combats is threadbare.
    An' 'alf the bloody 'elicopters can't get into the air,
    An' me pistol jammed when snipers fired. That's why I'm laid up 'ere.
    Yes, it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, "We 'ave to watch the pence";
    Bold as brass the P.M. sez, "We spare them no expense.

    "But I'll tell you when they do us proud an' pull out all the stops,
    It's when Tommy lands at Lyneham in a bloomin' wooden box!
     
  4. Billy Little

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    Yes i thought it was good too ...
     
  5. Billy Little

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    Silky, apologies on my part .. but thats how I received it through email ..
     
  6. Drone_pilot United Kingdom

    Drone_pilot Mi General MI.Net Member

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    However, whatever, it's still a powerfull condemnation of what life after the forces is still like. for a PBI, (poor Bloody Infantryman) sal; (any soilder anywhere).
     
  7. Hollis United States

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    Thanks, Well done. One of my favorite poems. Kipling was very good.
     
  8. John A Silkstone United Kingdom

    John A Silkstone Mi General MI.Net Member

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    Billy no need to apologies, not your fault, but as a published poet and author I have a bee in my bonnet about plagiarism and changing things around without the authors permission.

    I like the poem in is original format as it gives more power and meaning to the last two lines.

    Silky
     
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