"What Can You Do With a General" as written by and Irving Berlin....
When the war was over, why, there were jobs galore
For the G.I. Josephs who were in the war
But for generals things were not so grand
And it's not so hard to understand

What can you do with a general
When he stops being a general?
Oh, what can you do with a general who retires?

Who's got a job for a general
When he stops being a general?
They all get a job but a general no one hires

They fill his chest with medals while he's across the foam
And they spread the crimson carpet when he comes marching home
The next day someone hollers when he comes into view
"Here comes the general" and they all say "General who?"
They're delighted that he came
But they can't recall his name

Nobody thinks of assigning him
When they stop wining and dining him
It seems this country never has enjoyed
So many one and two and three and four star generals
Unemployed


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"What Can You Do With a General" as written by Irving Berlin

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    General CommentThe song, "What Can You Do with a General?", which Leonard Maltin calls Berlin's least memorable tune, was originally written for an unproduced project called Stars on My Shoulders. But I always liked it. If you love White Christmas, you love this song.
    sillybunnyon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love White Christmas and I love this song :D
    LilyBearon January 30, 2011   Link

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