Stan RidgwayCamouflage

I was a P. F. C. On a search patrol, huntin' Charlie down It was in the jungle wars of '65 My weapon jammed and I got stuck way out and all alone And I could hear the enemy movin' in close outside Just then I heard a twig snap and I grabbed my empty gun And I dug in scared while I counted down my fate And then a big Marine--a giant, with a pair of friendly eyes-- Appeared there at my shoulder and said "Wait." When he came in close beside me, he said "Don't worry, son, I'm here-- If Charlie wants to tangle now, he'll have two to dodge" I said, "Well, thanks a lot!" I told him my name and asked him his And he said "The boys just call me Camouflage" Chorus: Woah-oh-oh-oh, Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Woah-oh-oh-oh, Camouflage I was awfully glad to see this big Marine Well, I was gonna ask him where he came from, when we heard the bullets fly Comin' through the brush, and all around our ears It was then I saw this big Marine light a fire in his eye And it was strange, but suddenly, I forgot my fears Well, we fought all night, side by side, we took our battle stance And I wondered how the bullets missed this man 'Cause they seemed to go right through him--just as if he wasn't there And in the mornin' we both took a chance and ran And it was near the riverbank when the ambush came on top of us And I thought it was the end, and we were had Then a bullet with my name on it came buzzin' through a bush And that big Marine, he just swat it with his hand Just like it was a fly... Chorus: Woah-oh-oh-oh, Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Woah-oh-oh-oh, Camouflage This was an awfully strange (big) Marine {spoken} And I knew there was somethin' weird about him, 'Cause when I turned around, He was pullin' a big palm tree up outta the ground And swattin' those Charlies with it from here to kingdom come When he led me outta danger I saw my camp and waved goodbye He just winked at me from the jungle and then was gone When I got back to my H. Q., I told 'em about my night And the battle I'd spent with a big Marine named Camouflage When I said his name, the soldier gulped, and a medic took my arm And led me to a green tent on the right He said "You may be tellin' true, boy, but this here is Camouflage And he's been right here since he passed away last night In fact, he's been here all week long... But before he went, he said Semper Fi, and said his only wish Was to save a young Marine caught in a barrage So here, take his dog tag, son, I know he'd want you to have it now" And we both said a prayer for a big Marine named Camouflage Chorus repeat So next time you're in a jungle fight, and you feel a presence near Or hear a voice that in your mind will lodge Just be thankful that you're not alone--you've got some company From a big Marine the boys call Camouflage Chorus repeat x2 Hup, hey-ho, hey, left... Left... Woah, woah, Camouflage Hey, hey-ho, ho, left... Left... Woah, woah, Camouflage Repeat endlessly until fade...
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