Strange Things Wuz Happening
DESCRIPTION: "Well, they'z strange things wuz happening in the land... The war wuz going on, caused many hearts to moan...." "But Uncle Sam with Germany tried to live in peace, Kept blowin' up his vessels...." Listeners are urged to stand by the United States
EARLIEST DATE: before 1923 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: war ship
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownII 240, "Strange Things Wuz Happening" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 240, "Strange Things Wuz Happening" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
NOTES [83 words]: The immediate cause of American entry into World War I was, of course, Germany's use of unlimited submarine warfare. Early in the war, the Germans had tried sinking ships without warning, and stopped as the U. S. protested.
n 1917, with the war in stalemate, the Germans hoped to starve Britain out of the war before the U. S. could make its weight felt. It didn't work.
I have to think this was intended for popular consumption, but neither the editors of Brown nor I have seen it elsewhere. - RBW
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