And if it be a daughter, just bounce her on your knee,
And if it be a son, send the blighter out to sea,
With bell-bottom trousers and a coat of navy blue,
And let him fool the Navy the way that I fooled you.
This salty chantey of a too-trusting maid and her love-'em-& -leave-'em sailor was a favorite barroom ballad of World War I. Wherever servicemen gathered, it was sung with gustoprovided no ladies were present.
Last week Bell Bottom Trousers, revived as a song hit of World War II, placed first in U.S. sheet-music sales and fourth in radio performances. But the lyrics...