The Ballad of Willie Watkins

Operation Mincemeat

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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat was a successful British deception operation of the Second World War to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Two members of British intelligence obtained the body of Glyndwr Michael, a tramp who died from eating rat poison, dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed personal items on him identifying him as the fictitious Captain (Acting Major) William Martin. Correspondence between two British generals that suggested that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, with Sicily as merely the target of a feint, was also placed on the body. Part of the wider Operation Barclay, Mincemeat was based on the 1939 Trout memo, written by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division, and his … more »

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So I was up there flying high in style right over Spain 
But then I feel something there's a thudding then suddenly, 
What! Hot dog! The plane is stalling 
Jeez Louise! 
I think I'm falling 
And that big old ocean's calling out but-

"I've got a bad feeling about this" 

 I, I gotta good feeling 
An American pilot 
I'm feeling good about this crash 
He's crashed in Huelva 
'Cos though drowning is not too appealing 

"His name is Willy Watkins" 

I do so love to cause a great big splash 

"And he's very loud" 

Charles, wait- 
I've gotta bad feeling 
Keep it together 
Our plan is going down the drain 
It's a bump in the road! 
The Germans will be disbelieving 
Keep breathing 
When they hear two pilots crashed in neutral Spain 
Pilots crash all the time, it's fine 
I feel fine and dandy 
I think he needs a physician 
Missions hit these snags all the time 
It's a bad sign! 
'Cos when your plane goes down and you can't see land 
You'll soon be lying on the sand 
So cut loose, ya goose! 
And keep on feeling fine 
Scoo-ba-dee deet-n-dat-n-doo doo 
Charles, please stop dry heaving 

"This could sink the mission!" 

Well this is war 
Things never go quite to plan 
Where the hell's our man? 
Huelva for London 
London receiving 
Skee-ba doo-ba doo-ba doob-ie 
Another pilot's washed up on the sand 
And he's dead this time! 
See Charles! 
The plan is working like I knew it would 
Bill's arrived our efforts weren't in vain 
But they smell a rat! 
Two planes crash in the very same spot 
They're chopping Bill open to see what's what 
A coroner's coming 
The top man here in Spain 
Oh god! 
Oh I 
Charlie it's fine I gotta good feeling 
An autopsy! 
I'm feeling good about this corpse 
Sure Bill's skin has slowly been peeling 
But he'll be ruled a drowning, 
Spilsbury swore! 
And you trust that man? 
Of course! 
So what's the use in fretting 
Oh god I'm sweating 
There's no telling what another day will bring 
I need a drink! 
For there could be a hole in the boat 
And who knows if you'll sink or you'll float 


But everything will work out swell 
If we keep on feeling 

"Hassleden get to that autopsy and make sure they think he drowned." 


"Gene Kelly, get some work done please"

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Written by: Felix Hagan, David Cumming, Zoe Roberts, Natasha Hodgson

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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