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Nickel On The Grass

Posted by Jolly on January 12, 2012

Throw a Nickel on the Grass -- Save a Fighter Pilot’s Ass
Performed by Oscar Brand

Oh, Halleliua, Halleliua
Throw a nickel on the grass--
Save a fighter pilot's ass.
Oh, Halleliua, Oh, Halleliua
Throw a nickel on the grass a
nd you'll be saved.
I was cruising down the Yalu, doing six and twenty par
When a call came from the Major, Oh won 't you save me sir?
Got three flak holes in my wing tips, and my tanks ain't got no gas.
Mayday, mayday, mayday, I got six MIGS on my ass.
I shot my traffic pattern, and to me it looked all right,
The airspeed read one-thirty, I really racked it tight!
Then the airframe gave a shudder, the engine gave a wheeze,
Mayday, mayday, mayday, spin instructions please.
It was split S on my Bomb run, and I got too God Damn low
But I pressed that bloody button, and I let those babies go
Sucked the stick back fast as blazes, when I hit a hight speed stall
I won’t see my mother when the work all done next fall.
They sent me down to Pyongyang, the brief said "no ack ack"
by the time that I arrived there, my wings was mostly flak.
Then my engine coughed and sputtered, it was too cut up to fly
Mayday, mayday, mayday, I’m too young to die.
I bailed out from the Sabre, and the landing came out fine
With my E and E equipment, I made for our front line.
When I opened up ration, to see what was in it,
The God damn quartermaster why he filled the tin with grit.


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Posted by Jolly on
This in from RADM Seely:

Thanks for great memories !!! “Throw a nickel on the Grass” is one of my favorite fighter pilot songs of all time. I was a Navy strike-fighter pilot during Vietnam with five plus cruises and 447 combat missions (mostly over the North) from 1966 to 1973. We had Air Force pilots and bombardier navigators (B/N) serving with us and they were awesome !! My B/N in 1971 – 72 was Air Force Major Sid Dodd and he was the best B/N in the squadron. I am a life member of the River Rats and I wish we had more Navy members. I love my USN and USAF peers and there is no difference - - a warrior is a warrior !!! You have a great web site !!!
Keep Charging,
Jim Seely
RADM, USN (Ret.)
Posted by bearblinn on
Do the Hornet guys still sing a "HYMN" to the new guys like we did in the Boomers on Connie?
Good to hear from you skipper! Serving under you was an honor and a pleasure. Kathy sends her best to Gail.

Is there a BOOMER in the house? ..."You bet your sweet ass there is!"
Norm Blinn
Captain, USN (Ret.)
Posted by daddytreefrog on
How/where I purchase the sheet music to the song "Throw a Nickle On the Grass - Save a Fighter Pilots Ass" as performed by Oscar Brand?

"Be Careful Out There Among Them English."

Leb Everett Pittman
Latter-day Saint
Master of Arts - History (George Mason University)
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Department of State (Retired)
Semper Fidelis - Semper Vigiles
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