"In The Army Now" as written by Ferdinand D. Bolland and Robert J. Bolland....
A vacation in the foreign land
Uncle Sam does the best he can
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

Now you remember what the draft man said
Nothing to do all day but stay in bed
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

You'll be a hero of the neighborhood
Nobody knows that you left for good
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

Smiling faces on the way to 'Nam
But once you get there no one gives a damn
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

Hand grenades flying over your head

The sun's flying over your head
If you want to survive you're out of bet
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

Shots ring out in the dead of night
The sergeant calls : "Stand up and fight!"
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

You've got your orders to shoot on sight
your finger's on the trigger but it don't seem right
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you're in the army, now

Night is falling and you just can't see
Is this illusion or reality
You're in the army now
Oh, oh you


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"In the Army Now" as written by Robert J. Bolland Ferdinand D. Bolland

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  • +2
    General CommentI actually think this song is one of the few good Status Quo songs, didn't realise it wasn't actually wrote by them though.

    At times you get a feeling that in place it's trying to copy bits of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall with the line

    'Sergeant calls: "Stand up and fight"'

    being very similar to Pink Floyd's line where the teachers screaming at the kids "Wrong do it again!".

    Only thing I don't understand in this song is the lines

    "Now you remember what the draft man said, nothing to do all day but stay in bed".

    Obviously the soldier they're on about in this song is really gullible as I can believe that these army recruitment guys (the drafts men) do mislead to get recruits, but surely this soldier should have realised that whilst fighting a war he's not going to be spending all day in bed?

    As for people discussing which war it's on about - it is about the Vietnam war, the answer is actually in the words - fourth verse - "Smiling faces on the way to 'Nam, but when you get there no one gives a damn". So clearly the soldier was on his way to 'Nam (short for VietNAM).

    I think though it may have been released a number of years after 'Nam though because it took a few years for the truth to come out about the Vietnam war, songs like Paul Hardcastle's 19 were also about Vietnam but were released a few years later. This could also be the reason for the line about the drafts man lying to him, as many in 'Nam were very young and gullible, but quite hard to believe that anyone going in the army could be so absolutely gullible that they believe they could stay in bed all day in a war.
    TheKLF99on April 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song means alot to me because I'm a soldier in the army now... In my country the boys must serve 3 years in the army and the girls 2 years.
    Something in this song doesn't make sense, Status Quo is a British band, why do they actually sing about the U.s army?
    ohad1984on October 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is an Anti-War song.

    We can see this by reading the lines "your finger's on the trigger but it don't seem right". This shows that in the army you are to kill people, but it doens't seem right, because an average person doens't just kill a man so simply. This is about the U.S. Army trying to get you to join the army to be the "Hero", making you feel special, but once you get there, "no one gives a damn", meaning that you are just a piece in a death machine, easliy broken and replacable.
    Domin129plon October 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts a cover of "You're In The Army Now" originally recorded by the Bolland brothers from Holland.
    redtree999on April 05, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentshut the fuck up
    Sniperwulf 2on December 08, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAt first it was 1 of the worst status quo tracks ive listened too nut it actually has alot more meaning then mosta the other songs its got a pretty easy meanin really. i dunno wot war i guess it cud be vietnam i think it was made round then.
    6iron6maiden6on February 22, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is The Quo trying (for reasons best known to themselves) to play prog-rock and failing at every clod-hopping step of the way. It was a huge hit, possibly because it sounds totally unlike any other Quo song. As previously mentioned, it is a cover (so at least Messrs Parfitt and Rossi didn't actually WRITE this piece of mammoth poo), and it dates from more than 10 years after the END of the Vietnam war, so clearly that's not it. The best bit is the drum fill immediately after the "hand grenades flying over your head" line. Subtle as a sledgehammer...
    butterfingersbeckon March 02, 2010   Link
  • -2
    General Commentthis song is one of the worse songs ever written
    rayner1965on October 06, 2004   Link

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