ARTIST: Tom Lehrer
TITLE: It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier
Lyrics and Chords

[ F#dim7 = xx1212 ]

The heart of every man in our platoon must swell with pride
For the nation's youth, the cream of which is marching at his side
For the fascinating rules and regulations that we share
And the quaint and curious costumes that we're called upon to wear

/ G - - C / Am - - D / G C Em Am / D - - - /

Now Al joined up to do his part defending you and me
He wants to fight and bleed and kill and die for liberty
With the hell of war he's come to grips
Policing up the filter tips
It makes a fella proud to be a soldier

/ C - CG C / - - G - / C C7 / F F#dim7 / F C D G / 

When Pete was only in the seventh grade, he stabbed a cop
He's real R.A. material and he was glad to swap
His switchblade and his old zip gun
For a bayonet and a new M-1
It makes a fella proud to be a soldier

... / F C G C /

   After Johnny got through basic training, he
   Was a soldier through and through when he was done
   It's effects were so well rooted, that the next day he saluted
   A Good Humor man, an usher, and a nun

   / G - C - / / F - C Am / D - G - /

Now Fred's an intellectual, brings a book to every meal
He likes the deep philosophers, like Norman Vincent Peale
He thinks the army's just the thing
Because he finds it broadening
It makes a fella proud to be a soldier

... / F C G C /

Now Ed flunked out of second grade, and never finished school
He doesn't know a shelter half from an entrenching tool
But he's going to be a big success
He heads his class at OCS
It makes a fella proud to be a soldier

... / F C D G /

Our old mess Sergeant's taste buds had been shot off in the war
But his savory collations add to our esprit de corps
To think of all the marvelous ways
They're using plastics nowadays
It makes a fella proud to be a soldier

... / F C G C /

   Our lieutenant is the up-and-coming type
   Played with soldiers as a boy you just can bet
   It is written in the stars, he will get his captain's bars
   But he hasn't got enough box tops yet

Our captain has a handicap to cope with, sad to tell
He's from Georgia, and he doesn't speak the language very well
He used to be, so rumor has, the Dean of Men at Alcatraz
It makes a fella proud to be, when as a kid I vowed to be
What luck to be allowed to be
A soldier - At ease!

... / F C F C / F C / F - C - /

Click here to submit corrections.

How to read these chord charts

Go back to the Table of Contents

Go back to the Index

Go back to my main page