Yes Sir, No Sir

Ray Davies, released on Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), © Hill & Range Songs BMI 1969

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Yes Sir, no Sir

Where do I go Sir

What do I do Sir

What do I say

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Yes Sir, no Sir

Where do I go Sir

What do I do Sir

How do I behave

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Yes Sir, no Sir

Permission to speak Sir

Permission to breathe Sir

What do I say, how do I behave, what do I say

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So you think that you've got ambition

Stop your dreaming and your idle wishing

You're outside and there ain't no admission

To our play

Pack up your ambition in your old kit bag

Soon you'll be happy with a packet of fags

Chest out stomach in

Do what I say, do what I say

Yes right away

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Yes Sir, no Sir

Where do I go Sir

What do I do Sir

What do I say

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Yes Sir, no Sir

Permission to speak Sir

Permission to breathe Sir

What do I say, how do I behave, what do I say

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Doesn't matter who you are

You're there and there you are

Everything is in its place

Authority must be maintained

And then we know exactly where we are

Let them feel that they're important to the cause

But let them know that they are fighting for their homes

Just be sure that they're contributing their all

Give the scum a gun and make the bugger fight

And be sure to have deserters shot on sight

If he dies we'll send a medal to his wife

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Yes Sir, no Sir

Please let me die Sir

I think this life is affecting my brain

Yes Sir, no Sir

Three bags full Sir

What do I do Sir, what do I say

What do I say, how do I behave, what do I say

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