|Title||All the Boys in Khaki Get the Nice Girls |
|Alternative Title||Cover: "All the Boys in Khaki get the Nice Girls" |
- Gifford, Henry
- Mellor, Tom
- Gifford, Henry
- Mellor, Tom
|Publisher||New York and Toronto : Chappell & Co. Ltd. |
|Year of Publication||1915|
|Date of Copyright||1915-08-06|
|Physical Description||1 score, voice and piano (, 2-5,  p.)|
|Type||Musical notation |
|Comment||The lyrics and musical style of this song are typically English, and its popularity in Britain carried over Australia, Canada, and other colonies. In the United States, however, it appeared only on amateur productions, irregularly and after March 1917.|
- At least three recordings were released, all by British performers and all on British labels or their Canadian counterparts. No piano rolls have been located, and the song is not mentioned in American trade journals.
- This is the second of two editions. The first was copyrighted and published by Francis, Day & Hunter, London, and initially popularized by Ella Retford in August 1915. The English firm then assigned American publication to their New York partner, T. B. Harms and Francis, Day & Hunter; Chappell acquired the rights “by special arrangement,” and the second edition was published, but not separately copyrighted, sometime after November 23, 1915.
|Musical Note||A typical music-hall song, with clever lyrics and a moderately complex rhyme scheme and phrase structure, this march song quotes the Regimental Call for the Irish Guards in the introduction and at the end of the verse and also includes several fanfare figures used as fills. Harmonic chromaticism plays its usual roles in passing harmonies and in introducing the final phrase.|
|Subject - Topic|
- Recruiting and enlistment -- Songs and music.
- Great Britain. -- Army -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- World War, 1914-1918 -- Songs and music.
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Songs and music.
- [refrain 2]
- [verse 2] She said, "Johnny Brown, say good-bye to life in town; / Get up, boy, at five in the morning with the rising sun. / All the little girls you know will follow you ev'rywhere / When once they see you boy, shouldering up your gun. / 'Twill be such fun to use a gun, / And your mother will be ever so proud of her great big son.” / Johnny went off and he very soon came back with khaki and ev'rything on, / Kiss'd the lady recruiting sergeant shouting "This is the life for John!
- [refrain 1] "All the boys in khaki get the nice girls, / And the boys in blue get the nice girls too. / Maidens by the score, flappers in galore, / Every time you give them a kiss they shout 'Encore!' / All the boy in khaki get the nice girls / Eyes of grey, eyes of brown, eyes of blue, / So John, John, John, put a bit of khaki on, / And you'll get the nice girls too!"
- [verse 1] Little Johnny Brown was a dandy in the town, / Wore a stuck-up collar and spats and ev'ry latest tie. / All the girls were crazy over Johnny for years and years / Until there came a day when all of them pass'd him by, / He wonder'd why they pass'd him by, / When they always used to give him the beautiful glad, glad eye. / He stood on the corner in sweet meditation and looking so terribly sad, / Till a lady recruiting sergeant said, "Look here, young fellow, my lad,
|Musical Genre||March song|
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|Cover Description||Text only. Brown on white.|
|Back Cover Description||Sample: Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile (© 1915 11 23)|
- Plate numbers: pp. 2, 3, 4, 5, BL: C. 6837-4
- Cover, BC: Price 60 Cents
|Performance Medium||Voice and piano|
|Original Location||Box 163|
|Collection||World War I Sheet Music from the James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music|