Leland R.'s Salvation Army Song

Last revision : 2002.03.03

Leland's Salvation Army Song


My brothers and I sang this as teenagers; I'm not sure where we got it. I added the "meaning Fremont" gloss and got in the habit of singing it in AA meetings as a sort of preface to "The Fremont Hymn". I usually say that this song describes my personal experience, focusing on "what I was like", the Fremont Hymn describes "what happened", and today's performance hints at "what I'm like now". (Though actually this sort of thing is only a small slice of the pie that is I.)
Mi staras sur segxo
kaj kantas (sep 98)
I was briefly immortalized by Adam
on the wall of Star's Café !
(ca. 1994)

Leland's Salvation Army Song
(Put a nickel on the drum)



I was lyin' in the gutter, all covered up with beer!
Pretzels in my eyebrows, I knew the end was near,
When along come the Salvation Army (meaning Fremont)
and saved me from the hearse.
Everybody come along, let's sing that second verse:

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum, save another drunken bum!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum and you'll be saved!

Oh, G-L-O-R-Y, to be S-A-V-E-D!
I'm so H-A-P-P-Y that I'm F-R-double-E (hee-hee!)!
F-R-double-E from the ways of S-I-N!
Glory, glory, hallelujah, tra-la-la-l'-amen!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum, save another drunken bum!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum and you'll be saved!

1996 Leland R. in this format
As far as I know this song text
is anonymous in authorship,
and in the public domain


The MIDI file is only a very inadequate rough suggestion of the first verse and refrain. I hope to do better in the future, though I doubt you'll soon see an MP3 of it. ;-) (... I wrote on July 14, 2001 ... but:)
Update! Shocker! Wow! Feb. 10, 2002:
Lookee what I found yesterday!
(Judy Henske performing my Salvation Army song back in the sixties!)

She reports that she learned it from her high-school music teacher in the early '50s,
which bolsters my sense of its essentially anonymous folk character.

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