Music: Recruiting Song

"The song of the white-collar man called from his office to bear the burdens of Democracy" (according to its lyricist) was last week plugged in Los Angeles by Major Alberto E. Merrill, U.S. Army, and four recruiting sergeants. The Army has been plagued by many a song-plugger and press agent, but A Grand Vacation With Pay is the first recruiting song to command official sanction. Its authors are L. Wolfe Gilbert and Jimmy McHugh (Waiting For the Robert E. Lee, I Can't Give You Anything But Love and Ramona).

To a tiddly tune the chorus goes:

I was glad to join when...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!