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Tokyo Rose

words and music by Dan Smullyan
©1981 ROLLO

i was in the war against japan
one more tiny pin in the pacific plan
island hopping
zeros dropping bombs over guadalcanal
shortwave hissing
we would listen
god she was hard on morale

tokyo rose sang "round eyes, sayonara"

i remember 1944
we were dug in on that god-forsaken strip of shore
mad with fever we'd receive her
rose with her treacherous charms
it was murder, men who heard her
wanted to lay down their arms [chorus]

i became a man on vj day
got married and raised a family in the usa
just like millions of civilians
wanting a place in the sun
i grew colder as i grew older
after the fighting was done [chorus]

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