Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag

DESCRIPTION: "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag And smile, smile, smile! While you've a Lucifer to light your fag, Smile, boys, that's the style; What's the use of worrying, It never was worthwhile; So pack up your troubles in your old kit bag...."
AUTHOR: Words: "George Asaf" (George Henry Powell) / Music: Felix Powell
EARLIEST DATE: 1915
KEYWORDS: nonballad war drugs
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Scott-BoA, p. 334, "Pack Up Your Troubles" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuld-WFM, p. 419, "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag"

NOTES: ACcording to Thomas S. Hischak, The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia (with a Foreword by Gerald Bordman), Greenwood Press, 1995, p. 271, this "is the British hit song that was equally popular with American troops during World War One. Adele Rowland sang the Felix Powell (music) and George Asaf (lyric) marching song in Her Soldier Boy (1916), and the next year there were poular recordings by James F. Harrison and the Knickerbocker Quartet and by Reginald Werrenrath. - RBW
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File: SBoA334

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