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We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line

We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line is a popular song written by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy, whilst he was a Captain in the British Expeditionary Force during the early stages of the Second World War. The Siegfried Line was a chain of fortifications along Germany's Western border, analogous to the Maginot Line in France. The song was used as a morale-booster during the war, particularly up to and during the Battle of France.

Lyrics

We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line. Have you any dirty washing, mother dear? We're gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line. 'Cause the washing day is here. Whether the weather may be wet or fine. We'll just rub along without a care. We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line. If the Siegfried Line's still there.

Mother dear, I'm writing you from somewhere in France Hoping this finds you well. Sergeant says I'm doing fine - a soldier and a half Here's a song that we all sing This'll make you laugh...

Parody

A mocking parody was written shortly after:

Ja mein Junge, das hast du dir gar zu leicht gedacht Mit der, mit der zweiten Kriegsberichterkompanie Bis zum Wäschetag, ja bis zum Wäschetag In aller Herrgottsfrüh. Mein Mädel, schenk' noch einmal ein Und tanzt und trinkt die Gläser leer. Denn wenn der große Waschtag wird gewesen sein Kehr' ich heim, kehr' ich heim übers Meer.

Yeah my boy, you thought it would be too easy With the, with the second war reporter company Till laundry day, yes till laundry day At the crack of dawn. My girl, pour in again And dance and drink up the glasses. Because when the big laundry day had been, I return home, I return home over the ocean.

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