"We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line"
is a popular song written by Ulster songwriter Jimmy Kennedy
, whilst he was a Captain in the British Expeditionary Force
during the early stages of the Second World War. The Siegfried Line
was a chain of fortifications along Germany's Western border, analogous to the Maginot Line
in France. The song was used as a morale-booster during the war, particularly up to and during the Battle of France
. It would not be until 1944 when any Allied soldiers were actually able to do it.
It begins<poem>We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line.Have you any dirty washing, mother dear?We're gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line.'Cause the washing day is here.</poem>
1897 - 1985 and Leslie Holmes
added some possibly unofficial lines. The Sarony and Holmes version puts "Mother dear, I'm writing you from somewhere in France"
etc at the start and then, after the main section, add four lines starting "Everyone is mucking in and doing their job".
A mocking parody was written shortly after:
- German mocking parody on British Siegfried Line song
- This website has the German words, a slightly different version of the English words and an adapted tune that might to the German......