Sung To The Tune “Mountains Of Mourne”
Oh, old Gallipoli’s a wonderful place
Where the boys in the trenches the foe have to face,
But they never grumble, they smile through it all,
Very soon they expect Achi Baba to fall.
At least when I asked them, that’s what they told me
In Constantinople quite soon we would be,
But if war lasts till Doomsday I think we’ll still be
Where old Gallipoli sweeps down to the sea.
We don’t grow potatoes or barley or wheat,
So we’re on the lookout for something to eat,
We’re fed up with biscuits and bully and ham
And we’re sick of the sight of yon parapet jam.
Send out steak and onions and nice ham and eggs
And a fine big fat chicken with five or six legs,
And a drink of the stuff that begins with a “B”
Where the old Gallipoli sweeps down to the sea.
Repeat First Verse
One of the rare songs written by the soldiers in Gallipoli and was sung to the tune The Mountains Of Mourne. The hill of Achi Baba was never captured and Galipoli was evacuated in January 1916, nine months after the original landing.