I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now
The song tells of a young man who returns to work as a manager in his father's factory following his tour of duty as a Private First Class in World War I. His now-unemployed former Captain is hired as a clerk by the delighted former PFC. Sample lyric:
- When I come into the office he gets up on his feet
- Stands at attention and gives me his seat
- Who was it said "revenge is sweet"?
- I've got my Captain working for me now
This song was in the top 20 from October 1919 to January 1920 and reached number 6 in November and December 1919.
Al Jolson and Billy Murray had successful recordings of the song in 1919-20. It was also recorded in 1919, by Eddie Cantor, for Pathe (#22201). The song was revived by Bing Crosby in the 1946 film, Blue Skies and he made a commercial recording for Decca Records on July 24, 1946 which was included in his album Blue Skies.
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