CIVILIZE 'EM WITH A KRAG!

August 13, 2015

The Krag-Jorgenson rifle was made famous by a jaunty tune sung among members of the Military Order of the Carabao during their annual Wallow, or convention, when they wore bowties and dinner suits—and presumably took along their Krags. “Civilize ‘em with a Krag!” was their anthem, an earworm with lovely, echoing lyrics:

 

In the days of dopey dreams—happy peaceful Philippines!

When the bolomen were busy all night long!

When ladrones would steal and lie, and Americanos die

Then you heard the soldiers sing this evening song!

Damn damn damn the insurrectos!

Cross-eyed kakiac ladrones!

Underneath the starry flag, civilize them with a Krag!

And return us to our own beloved homes!

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