I Don't Want to Die

Original Text: 
Songs and Slang of the British Soldier: 1914-1918, ed. John Brophy and Eric Partridge (London: Eric Partridge, 1930): 60.
2I want to go home,
3I don't want to go in the trenches no more,
4Where whizz-bangs and shrapnel they whistle and roar.
5Take me over the sea
7Oh my,
8I don't want to die,
9I want to go home.


1] The editors note: "This was one of the most famous of warsongs." Back to Line
6] the Alleyman: the `allemand' (French), the German. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.