Gee, Mom, I Want to Go Home
|Song by Lead Belly|
|Songwriter(s)||Traditional, Gitz Rice credited|
"Gee, Mom, I Want to Go Home" (also known as "I Don't Want No More of Army Life") is a traditional, humorous song satirizing life in the Armed Forces. Each verse has two lines relating what recruits are told, followed by an exaggerated description of the fact. For example:
- The biscuits in the Army
- They say are mighty fine,
- One rolled off the table
- And killed a pal of mine.
The original song was sung by Canadian soldiers during World War II. With original chorus
- "Oh, I don't want no more of army life
- Gee ma, I wanna go
- back to Ontario
- Gee ma, I wanna go ho_o_ome!"
The song occurs in several variations, the lyrics being adapted for the different branches of the Armed Forces, and it has been transformed into a camp song as well.
Appearances in popular culture
- The song appeared in the 1943 play Winged Victory by Moss Hart.
- Folk singer Lead Belly performed the song (as "Gee, But I Want to Go Home" or "Army Life"  ) on several 1940s recordings.
- The song was released as a single, titled "I Don't Want No More of Army Life", in 1950 by Texas Jim Robertson 
- The song was performed in the 1977 M*A*S*H episode "Movie Tonight", in season 5, with lyrics adapted to the characters and situations in the show.
Hawkeye and B.J., Colonel Potter, Klinger, Hotlips, Radar and 4 new nurses all sing a verse each. Frank Burns tries to sing a verse after everyone has finished the song.
- Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) sings a verse to his despondent daughter shortly after the death of her mother at the beginning of the 1994 film Corrina, Corrina.
- The song was quoted in the RiffTrax for the 2011 film Thor.
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