by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I took me to a concert,
the band that played 
was “ours,”
there really ain’t no better
beneath the shining stars.

They played the music
that I love, both
jazz and military, the
crowd was so receptive
they gave a great
“Oooorah!”

The joy that showed
throughout the crowd
was most gratifying
and when they
played a Sousa
there was no denying.

It’s good to hear music played
by horns, drums and cymbals,
I tire of strings and
other things
twangy are they strummed.

So give a cheer
or an “Oooorah”
for bands that play
our music.
There ain’t no better
sound to hear
while sittin’
or a marching.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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I Took Me to a Concert