MENTION IT TO THE MARINES
 
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Said he, 'When I was in the East I cared for danger not the least
So in the jungle with my gun I went alone to get some fun
A tiger chased me up a tree. He watched below two months for me
And when starvation caved him in, I scrambled down and took his skin
What do you think of that, old man?
What do you think of that?'
'Mention it to the Marines' said I,
'Possibly they will believe what you say;
You can't take me in with your tale of a skin
But mention it to the Marines, my boy!'

Said he, 'When passing through the Bay, an awful storm came on one day
The thunder crashed, the billows roared, and I was carried overboard
Not caring for an ocean grave I sprang on a returning wave
And safe inside my bunk was set still smoking my cigarette
What do you think of that, old man?
What do you think of that?'
'Mention it to the Marines' said I,
'Possibly they will believe what you say;
Your tale of the sea's a bit roughish for me
But mention it to the Marines, my boy!'

Said he, 'That was a fearful sight when I came home from town one night
For there my house was all on fire, the flames each moment mounting higher
As twenty engines vainly pumped, upon the roof I quickly jumped
I drew one breath _ my lungs are stout, and blew the conflagration out
What do you think of that, old man?
What do you think of that?'
'Mention it to the Marines' said I,
'Possibly they will believe what you say;
I very much doubt that you did blow it out
But mention it to the Marines, my boy!'

Said he, 'Your time I'll waste no more although I've stories by the score
However, when again we meet I promise you another treat
Some fellows you cannot believe, they do their utmost to deceive
But ever since my early youth I've never told the least untruth
What do you think of that, old man?
What do you think of that?'
'Don't mention it to the Marines' said I,
'Certainly they won't believe what you say;
The others you've told, for the truth they may hold
But no-one could swallow your last, my boy!'
 
 
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