by Banjo Paterson (1864-1941)
Published in The Kia ora Coo-ee, May 1918
The Kia Ora Coo-ee was a magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East during WWI.
In this war we’re always moving,
When we make a friend another friend has gone;
Should a woman’s kindly face
Make us welcome for a space,
Then it’s boot and saddle, boys, we’re
In the hospitals they’re moving,
They’re here today, tomorrow they are gone;
When the bravest and the best
Of the boys you know “go west”,
Then you’re choking down your tears and
About the Author
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