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Uploaded on Sep 11, 2014
"Jolly Good Luck to Johnny Canuck" is a video montage, compiled from film footage shot almost a century ago. It is one of four such montages in the video presentation "Answering the Call", now screening as part of a Royal BC Museum display commemorating the Great War. The presentation draws on almost an hour of rare film footage shot in BC during the First World War. The source material shows troops in training at Victoria, Vancouver and Comox, before their departure for eastern Canada, England, and the battlefields of Europe. The soundtrack for this particular montage is a 1915 recording of "Good Luck to the Boys of the Allies", a song by the Toronto composer Morris Manley (fl. 1900-1920). The lyrics are reproduced below.
GOOD LUCK TO THE BOYS OF THE ALLIES by Morris Manley
It's jolly good luck to Johnny Canuck, And all the Allied soldiers. They're fighting day by day In trenches far away. They'll all march back with the Union Jack, In history they'll gain fame; Just give them a cheer and banish the tear For they'll return again.
CHORUS: Good luck to the boys of the Allies, Just cheer them on their way. The Union Jack they're proud of While fighting day by day. When the band plays that tune called “Tipperary”, There's joy right in their eyes. God save our gracious King! Good luck to the boys of the Allies.
They're jolly and brave, but never do rave About their pride and bravery. Right at the front they stay In thickest of the fray. They'll win the fight, their hearts are right, You bet they're filled with pluck. Right on their track, when they come back, We'll cheer our Johnny Canuck!