Dying Aviator, The

DESCRIPTION: The aviator has crashed and is surrounded by the refuse of the wreck. He advises his comrades to gather the sundry pieces which have pierced him; "there's a lot of good parts in this wreck." He is granted admission to heaven, since the Air Force is Hell
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Niles/Moore)
KEYWORDS: parody technology pilot flying derivative
FOUND IN: Australia US
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp.142-143, "The Dying Aviator" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 228-229, "The Dying Aviator" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sandburg, pp. 436-437, "Wrap Me Up in My Tarpaulin Jacket and The Handsome Young Airman" (2 text, 1 tune, with the "B" text going here and the "A" text being "Wrap Me Up...")
Niles/Moore, pp. 191-193, "A Poor Aviator Lay Dying" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 234, "Stand to Your Glasses" (1 text, 1 tune)
GarlandFaces-NZ, p. 280, "(The Dying Aviator)" (1 excerpt plus excerpts of many other dying-worker songs, all involving the worker's being admitted to heaven because, in their jobs, they've had their share of hell)

Roud #3454
cf. "Wrap Me Up in My Tarpaulin Jacket" (tune & meter)
NOTES [34 words]: Although clearly a parody of "Wrap Me Up in My Tarpaulin Jacket," Meredith and Anderson claim there is a British version sung to "My Bonnie." Lomax's version was collected among U.S. troops in Korea. - RBW
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File: MA142

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