Flu Pandemic

   Posted by: Jay Lee   in General

With all the news about the bird flu and the possibilities of a flu pandemic to rival the one that happened in the early 1900’s I thought I would post the lyrics to the song Greg wrote for The Flying Fish Sailors here in the blog.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the song it is available on our Loch Ness Monster CD which can be ordered from Amazon.com or by contacting me via e-mail.

The Flu Pandemic

Copyright 1999 Topmast Production and the Flying Fish Sailors

Chorus: It was the Flu pandemic
And it swept the whole world wide
It caught soldiers and civilians
And they died, died, died!
Whether they’re lying in the trenches
Or lying in their beds
Twenty million of them got it
And they’re dead, dead, dead!

There was a soldier on the battleground in 1917
He turned there to his buddy with his face a ghastly green
He said “We made it both through Passchendaele, the Somme, and Flanders too
But now my number’s up my lad for I’ve gone and caught the flu”


Well a nurse was in the hospital when Tommy was brought in
When he sneezed she caught a face full that was flying in the wind
She wrote a letter home to England to tell them of her plight
But the letter never got there ’cause the postman too had died


From the meadow-lands of Somerset and o’er the bounding main
To the shores of old Americay they sung the same refrain
Mothers, fathers, uncles and aunts as well as the odd nephew
Brothers and sisters and bosses and lovers were all got by the flu


Well a farmer out in China watched his family dropping down
And a businessman in Cairo hit the street without a sound
And an eager little Bolshevik in old Sevastopol couldn’t keep up his grinnin’ at Lenin as Comrade Virus took its toll

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5 comments so far


I’ve had the song in my head since they started talking about it. (stuck in my head ALMOST EVERY FREAKING DAY!!!) 🙂

November 2nd, 2005 at 9:51 pm

It has been in my head too. I came to this site looking for the lyrics and they were right there. Now I can sing it to all my friends and get it stuck in their heads too.

November 3rd, 2005 at 1:24 pm

This song is a total ear-worm! I love it, it’s the jolliest ditty ever about the death of 20 million people.

February 19th, 2008 at 4:11 am

Brilliant! FFS introduced me to Ceili’s Muse and for that, I’ll always be grateful…

June 30th, 2008 at 2:48 pm
David Throop

I think it’s about to have a new burst of popularity

April 27th, 2009 at 8:25 am

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