"When The War Was On" as written by and Willie Johnson....
[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.

[Johnson] Well it's just about a few years, and some months ago
United States come and voted for war
Sammy called the men from the East and West,
"Get ready boys, we've got to do our best."

[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.

[Johnson] Well, President Wilson, sittin' on the throne,
Makin' laws for everyone,
Didn't call the black man to lay by the white,
[guitar finishes verse]

[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.

[Johnson] Price on the letter, began to raise,
Gettin' no better but the same old thing,
Eight cents on the dollar, ride the train,
Rates gettin' cheaper take a ride again.

[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.

[Johnson] Yes, you measure your boiler, measure your wheat,
Half a pound of sugar for a person a week.
Folks didn't like it, they blamed Uncle Sam,
"I've got to save the sugar for the boys in France."

[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.

[Johnson] Well, boys whupped the Germans, home at last,
Woulda brought the Kaiser but he run too fast,
Couldn't blame the Kaiser for leavin' the land,
Sammy had the face to scare most any man.

[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.

[Johnson] Tax gettin' heavy, have to pay,
Help the boys over 'cross the sea,
Mud and water up to their knee,
Face the Kaiser for you and me.

[Willie Johnson] Everybody, well, [Willie B Harris] when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
Everybody, well, when the war was on
[Both] Well, they register everybody when the war was on.


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