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PARACHUTIST SONG HITS

This is an odd collection of songs composed and sung by he parachutists whilst undergoing training at Ringway Aerodrome. These songs have been collected together by C.S.M.I. Grant, A.P.T.C., 9th Bn, Parachute Regiment. The actual words have been slightly changed in order to suit home consumption, but nevertheless the general idea is still there. It is as well to give a word of explanation, since some of these phrases may seem rather strange to those unacquainted with the early life of a parachutist.

At Ringway Aerodrome a potential parachutist was put through a few days ground training, known technically as synthetic training, during which he was taught the correct way to jump with the aid of numerous pieces of apparatus, which cause various degrees of flight. This apparatus was housed in one of the large hangers, and had the appearance of an indoor fair ground, but definitely not quite the same atmosphere. Here they rolled on mats, swung on different types of swings, and prepared for the actual jump and landing.

The first two jumps were from Balloons, similar to a Barrage Balloon with a basket attached thereunder. Usually the morning for these first two jumps was cold and misty, and during the deathly hush the pupil did his first jump, which he swore was the best but hoped that he never had another like it. After the balloon jump he then went on to take the actual aircraft jump, which he said numerous times in the YMCA. and in the bus back to Ringway, was just "a piece of cake"

All the jumps were done on a piece of England very dear to every parachutist and commonly known as Tatton Park. It was from this park that the tightly packed RAF buses took them back to Ringway. and that is where he learnt and sung the songs as the bus made it way back to the camp - those songs being sung at the height of every one’s voice and will always be heard no matter where they go.

Action Stations “ and “Go“ are two commands very well known. The former speaks for itself, and “Go“ will haunt many parachutists long after their parachuting days are over, Yelled in an unbelievedly loud voice, heard over the roar of the a engines, and whoop-- he is lying on the slipstream with just another jump to his credit.


"FIRST JUMP FROM THE DREADED BALLOON" is a humorous description, set to music, of Wattie's very first parachute jump in 1945

If there are any expressions in the songs which you cannot understand just ask a parachutist; he’ll be only too glad to tell you, but make sure beforehand that you have at least a couple of hours to spare.

Here are the titles and the tunes to which they are sung:-



No.

SONG TITLE
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SUNG TO TUNE OF:-

No.

SONG TITLE
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SUNG TO TUNE OF:-

1


SHENAN IS BELIEVING

MR SHENAN AND MR GALLAHER

2

I'M DREAMING OF A SOFT LANDING

WHITE CHRISTMAS

3

YOU'D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO

YOU'D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO

4

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE

5

JUMPING THROUGH THE HOLE

KNEES UP MOTHER BROWN

6

I AINT GONNA JUMP NO MORE

JOHN BROWN'S BODY

7


OH MARY THIS TATTON'S A WONDERFUL SIGHT

MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE

8

SONG OF THE PARATROOPER

????

9

THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY

THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY

10

BLESS 'EM ALL

BLESS 'EM ALL

11

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUSH ME I'LL GO

YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME I'LL KNOW

12

COME SIT BY SIDE IF YOU LOVE ME

RED RIVER VALLEY

13

PASSING THOUGHTS

JOHN'S BROWN'S BODY

14

FIRST JUMP FROM DREADED BALLOON

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Last Update 20th August 2011