P. T. 109
Recorded by Jimmy Dean
Written by Marijohn Wilkin and Fred Burch
[D] In forty-three, they [G] put to sea
[D] Thirteen men and [A7] Ken-ne-[D]dy
Aboard the P. T. [G] 109
To [D] fight the brazen [A7] ene-[D] my
And off the Isle of [G] OLASANA
[D] In the straits be-[A7] yond the [D] "ROO"
A Jap destroyer [G] in the night
[D] Cut the One-O-[A7] Nine in [D] two.
[A7] Smoke and fire upon the sea
[D] Ev'rywhere they looked was the enemy
[A7] The heathen gods of old Japan; Yea, they thought [D] [P]
They had the best of a mighty good man. [D]
And on the coast of KOLOMBANGARO; Looking through his telescope
Australia's Evans saw the battle; For the crew had little hope
Two were dead - some were wounded; All were clinging to the bow
Fightin' fire and a-fightin' water; Tryin' to save their lives somehow.
McMahon the Irishman - was burned so badly he couldn't swim
Leave me here, go on he said; 'Cause if you don't, we'll all be dead
The P. T. skipper couldn't leave him; A man to die alone at sea
And with a strap 'tween his teeth; He towed the Irishman through the sea.
He led his men through waters dark; Rocky reefs and hungry sharks
Braved the enemies bayonets; A thirty-eight hung 'round his neck
Four more days and four more nights; A rescue boat pulled into sight
The P. T. 109 was gone - but Kennedy and his crew lived on.
(Talk) Now who could guess - or who could possibly know
That this same man named Kennedy; W-o-u-l-d;
Be the leader of the nation; Be the one to take command
The P. T. 109 was gone - but Kennedy lived to fight again
Smoke and fire upon the sea; Ev'rywhere they looked was the enemy
But J. F. K. and his crew lived on ...
(Talk) Which proves it's hard to get the best of a man named John.
TAG: Big John, Big John, (fade) Big John, Big John.