This Time/Dressed Up to Win

Album: This Is the Army (1943)

Songfacts®:

  • Irving Berlin found himself in heavy demand by Uncle Sam during both world wars; in the second great conflict of the Twentieth Century he wrote a 1943 revue called This Is The Army, which starred future American president Ronald Regan. "Dressed Up To Win" was originally called "Dressed Up To Kill" but the title was softened for obvious reasons. The song - which was performed by a massive chorus of men in uniform - was the last scene of the film, and ends with the words:

    "We'll fight to the finish this time
    And we'll never have to do it again".
  • Irving Berlin died in 1989 aged one hundred and one, by which time he had already lived through Korea and Vietnam, not to mention the scores of regional conflicts in which the United States played little or no part.
    If he had lived to see 9/11 and the War on Terror, he might have concluded that the optimism as well as the jingoism of this song had been misplaced. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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