It’s a long way to Berlin, but we’ll get there!
Rueben Plank a husky Yank,
Came into town one day,
And said “I can’t resist,
I really must enlist by heck,
I’ll help to get that Kaiser Bill
I hear so much about,”
He passed the test, threw out his chest,
And started into shout.
“It’s a long way to Berlin, but we’ll get there
Uncle Sam will show the way,
Over the line, then across the Rhine,
Shouting Hip! Hip! Hooray!
We’ll sing Yankee Doodle “Under the Linden,”
With some real live Yankee Pep!
Hep! It’s a long way to Berlin but we’ll get there,
And I’m on my way by heck by heck.”
Rueben Plank was in the ranks
For just a little while,
Then he soon went ahead,
He’s Corp’ral Plank instead, by heck,
He gets his squad together
And at night when all is still,
They sing the chorus Reuben wrote,
To Mister Kaiser Bill.