DESCRIPTION: The singer returns from war and mother says "Johnny, you've been fighting, What do you want for tea?" She does not put out Titler's jam. [The soldier's text starts] wonderful Titler's jam sent in one pound pots is in his dreams every night.
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Belton and Odell)
KEYWORDS: army war food playparty
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Game 88, "Keiller's Jam" (6 texts)
ADDITIONAL: James Belton and E.G. Odell, Hunting the Hun (New York, 1918 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 207, ("Tickler's Jam, Tickler's Jam") (1 text)
cf. "Jingle Bells" (tune, per Opie-Game)
NOTES: Opie-Game: "T.G. Tickler Ltd. had the army contract for jam during the First World War, and, unscathed by calumny, has gone on producing its excellent preserves ever since." Belton and Odell: "[After the battle of Festubert in 1915, the Highland Brigade] realized that there was little good in the jam issued to the troops in the field, so they joined in with the soldiers of the Imperial Army when those cheery fellows sang: [text]." An Opie-Game text is updated for the Second World War: "Every night as I lie dreaming ... Hittler's [sic] Tittler's little moustache ...." - BS
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