“The Dying Aviator”


The aviator has crashed and is surrounded by the refuse of the wreck. He advises his comrades to gather the sundry pieces which have pierced him; "there's a lot of good parts in this wreck." He is granted admission to heaven, since the Air Force is Hell


Although clearly a parody of "Wrap Me Up in My Tarpaulin Jacket," Meredith and Anderson claim there is a British version sung to "My Bonnie." Lomax's version was collected among U.S. troops in Korea. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp.142-143, "The Dying Aviator" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 228-229, "The Dying Aviator" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Sandburg, pp. 436-437, "Wrap Me Up in My Tarpaulin Jacket and The Handsome Young Airman" (2 text, 1 tune, with the "B" text going here and the "A" text being "Wrap Me Up...")
  4. Lomax-FSNA 234, "Stand to Your Glasses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT, TARPJKT2*
  6. Roud #3454
  7. BI, MA142


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1968
Found in: Australia US