Salute To A Switchblade
By Tom T. Hall
rmofle at satx.rr.com
The recording I have is tuned down 1/4 step.
Me and Yates, an Army buddy of mine
A B7 E
We’re doing three years in Germany at the time
We came upon these Frauleins in a bar
A B7 E
Yates said, "Darf Ich sie begleiten?"; they said, "Ya."
(And "Darf Ich sie begleiten?" means, "Can we sit with you all?")
Oh, we must have drunk ten quarts of German beer
My conscience and my sinuses were clear
I asked that Fraulein if she was a spy
She said, "Nein, but Du bist ein bissel high."
(A condition not uncommon to the American soldier)
Well, later on I went to be excused
When I returned I was a bit confused
Yates and his Fraulein had hit the air
Another guy was sitting in my chair
(A young soldier whom we shall get to know better)
I said, "Excuse me mister that's my seat
I'd like to have it back sir if you please
That girl's a nurse and I've been awful sick."
The man looked up at me and said, "Mox Nix"
(Which means that he was not overly concerned with my health)
Key of F (F, Bb, C7)
Next thing I knew he had a switchblade knife
Lord, I didn't know that Fraulein was his wife
I took off through that Gasthaus like a fool
Behind me I heard the crashing stools
(As the police would say, he was in hot pursuit)
Well, the waitress yelled, "There's MPs on the way!"
That's one more reason I didn't want to stay
As I went out the window something went "Swish"
And I giggled all the way home knowing he'd missed
(At the time it seemed like a laughing matter)
But next morning my coat was lying there on the bunk
And when I saw that coat it made me jump
That man had cut my coat right down the back
A little bit more and they'd-a-been playing me Taps
(And knowing the sad nature of that song, I would decline it)
Well, later on I heard that guy got stabbed
They sent him home and didn't that make me glad
On love and marriage I want to say one thing
Oh, lady if you're married wear that ring
And the Army has a new policy: If you can't move it, paint it
If it has a switchblade knife, salute it
Not necessarily an incident one would want to write Mother about
Germany being full of good soldiers, and good people