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Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie

Milton C. W. Pearson, CSM, 106 Field Workshop, 1968-1969

In most wars there are songs to remember - for Vietnam American rock songs often became ones to remember - who could forget "I wanna go home".

And every war has had a signature song about the local girls. From World War One who doesn't know

Mademoiselle from Armenteers,
Parlez-vous,
Mademoiselle from Armenteers,
Parlez-vous,
Mademoiselle from Armenteers,
She hasn't been kissed for forty years,
Hinky-dinky parlez-vous.

The locals saw the Aussies differently when compared to the free spending Americans. This resulted in this song that is sung at most re-unions

"The Aussie Digger" by the Saigon Bar Girls

Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie,
He no buy me Saigon Tea.
Saigon Tea cost many many Pee,
Uc Dai Loi, He Cheap Charlie.

Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie,
He no give me MPC.
MPC cost many many Pee,
Uc Dai Loi, He Cheap Charlie.

Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie,
He no go to bed with me
For it cost him many many Pee.
Uc Dai Loi, He Cheap Charlie.

Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie,
Make me give him one for free
Mum-a-San go crook at me,
Uc Dai Loi, He Cheap Charlie.

Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie,
He give baby-san to me
Baby-san cost many many Pee,
Uc Dai Loi, He Cheap Charlie.

Uc Dai Loi, Cheap Charlie,
He go home across the sea
Him leave Baby-san with me,
Uc Dai Loi, He Cheap Charlie.