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  1. Rusty Old Helmet

From the recording Rusty Old Helmet

Lyrics

If this rusty old helmet could talk the stories I’m sure it could tell
About a young man who heard Uncle Sam and answered the call to go serve
Was his name Patrick O'Shannon, and his girl back home named Mary Beth
Did he cling to her picture so tight did she call out his name in the night
If this rusty old helmet could talk the stories I'm sure it could tell
About a young man who landed in France and spent the next few years trapped in a trench
Did he fight in the battle of belleau wood defending the French Western Line
Did he lay down his life in the Argonne storming the German front line
If this rusty old helmet could talk the stories I’m sure it could tell
About a young man who finally came home with a flag lying still in a box
Was he buried with medals and honor Mary Beth there to say her goodbyes
Did he claim to her picture so tight as the guns Fired solutes in the Sky
Oh the debt we all owe to the brave who laid down their own lives for our sake
Their courage and love for their country forgotten by those who they saved
If this rusty old helmet could talk the stories I’m sure it could tell