Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major

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"Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major"
Written by Art Noel and Don Pelosi
Written 1939
Language English

Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major is a World War II soldier's song. Roud 16962. The final line is "Sgt. Major, be a mother to me". The song is normally credited to Art Noel and Don Pelosi in 1939. There was a follow-up: "Good Morning Sergeant Major" (c 1940)

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Private Jones came in one night
Full of cheer and very bright
He'd been out all day upon the spree
He bumped into Sergeant Smeck
Put his arms around his neck
And in his ear he whispered tenderly.....
Kiss me goodnight, Sergeant-Major
Tuck me in my little wooden bed
We all love you, Sergeant-Major,
When we hear you bawling, "Show a leg!"
Don't forget to wake me in the morning
And bring me 'round a nice hot cup of tea
Kiss me goodnight Sergeant-Major
Sergeant-Major, be a mother to me
Kiss me goodnight, Sergeant-Major
Tuck me in my little wooden bed
We all love you, Sergeant-Major
Even when your neck grows rather red
Don't forget to wake me in the morning
And bring me 'round a nice hot cup of tea
Kiss me goodnight, Sergeant-Major
Sergeant-Major, be a mother to me

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See also 1939 in music