Hitch in Hell
The words of a CCC Song which is a version of the poem "I've done my hitch in hell", which is normally a US military poem. This recorder of the song indicates the poem is to be sung to the tune of a cowboy song called "When the Work's All Done This Fall".
Hitch in Hell
When the Work's all done this fall
I'm sitting here an thinking of the things I left behind.
I hate to put on paper what is running through my mind.
We've dug a million ditches and cleared ten miles of ground
And a meaner place this side of hell is waiting to be found
But there is one consolidation, gather closely while I tell
When we die we'll go to heaven for we've done our hitch in hell
We've built a million kitchens for the cooks to stew our beans
We've stood a million guard mounts and cleaned the camp latrines
Ah the number of trees that we fell is very hard to tell
But there'll be no trees in heaven for we've chopped our trees in hell.
We've built a million bridges and walked through miles of mud
We've cleaned a million mess kits and peeled a million spuds
We've shoveled tons of gravel, a million rocks we've lugged
But there'll be no rocks in heaven, for we've lugged our rocks in hell.
We've killed a million ants and bugs that sneaked in for our eats
We've shook a million bed bugs from our dirty sheets
An the number of nights we've frozen as low the mercury fell
But we'll not freezein heaven cause we've done our hitch in hell.
We've heard a million whistles blow from morn to late at night
How we'd like to kill the dirty bums that robbed us of our right
And the foreman we've had over us how many we can't tell
But we'll bar them all from heaven till they do their hitch in hell
When that final call is sounded and we've laid aside life's cares
We'll do our final big parade right up those golden stairs
The angels they will welcome us, their harps will start to play
Then we'll draw a million canteen checks and spend them in a day
It is then we'll hear St Peter greet us loudly with his yell
Take those front seats C.C. boys for you've done your hitch in hell.
The notes of the cowboy tune, and its lyrics, can be found on the website here
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