Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag – Sing Along

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag

Published in 1915 to become a very popular marching song in both the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Today 90 years later it still brings a smile, when ever I play this number at a sing along night,, young and not so young seem to love it..as they say the old ones are the best.. (seems to share something with I’m forever blowing bubbles or is it my ears) The song also won first prize in a war composition contest and was noted as “perhaps the most optimistic song ever written”.

Words by George Asaf (aka George Henry Powell), 1880-1951
Music by Felix Powell, 1878-1942 (took his own life in 1942)

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 worth while, so
Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
And smile, smile, smile.

Note: lucifer was a popular brand of match

Lyrics source: Wikipedia

Read more about this fab sing along tune at the National

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