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Its a Long Way to Mukumbura - Fun Patriotic Song from Rhodesia, Commemorates the Fight Against Communism - by Mike Westcott and Leprechaun

For Ourselves And Our Posterity
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Published on 28 Mar 2023 / In Music

Long live the memory of the brave Rhodesian military that fought Marxist terrorists supported by the Soviet Union and China. They fought for freedom, liberty, Christian Culture and Western Civilization. Glory and honor to their memory.

"If you're feeling down, just know that soldiers in short shorts were trying to make the world a better place"

Lyrics:

It's a long way to Mukumbura
It's a long way to jawl
It's a long way from your hometown
But you can have yourselves a ball
With your mukkas
Goodbye Bulawayo, tot siens Cecil Square
It's a long, long way to Mukumbura And we're going up there to stir

It's a long way to JOC Inyanga
It's a long way, ek se
It's a long way from Umtali
But it's wide tar all the way
Well, nearly
Goodbye to the Cecil
Hello the Mont Claire
It's a long, long way to JOC Inyanga
And the crowd's fighting there

It's a long way to Kariba
It's a long way to run
It's a long way from Mukute
But you can do it on your THUMB
With your FN
We love our Sergeant Major, when he drives it on RL
When he takes us on the bush road It's just like going to
Heaven, I'm in Heaven

It's a long way to Llewelyn
It's a long way on the train
We can kwai it to the North Pole, But they'd build one just the same
The parade square
We all dig the stoppies, haircuts and the graze
And if we really scheme it's lekker when we start on our first phase

For the Mortars
Action, disarm look again
They're so loud

For the Blues
Changa to echo base
Homing call required over
Chopper coming

For the Instructors
One check your rear aperture
Two move your wetty bars to the rear

For the Greys
You fool private the tails at the back

For Signals
Hello two this is one over
Hello, one this is one too are you one two?

For the Medics
This water cannot be drunk until it has been passed by the M.O

For the Cops
No madam that’s not what we use Vickers for
You want the pest control vehicle

For the RWS
Ah, Becky, I can't make up my mind
Whether to wear the green or blue eyeshadow
To weapons training today

For the Techs
Now you chaps are expected to be keeping this keep
As it should be kept
The keep does not keep itself

For the Engineers
That’s not a flocculent
You idiot that’s soap powder

It's a long way to Mukumbura
It's a long way to jawl
It's a long way from your home town
But you can have yourself a ball
With your mukkas
Goodbye Bulawayo, tot siens Cecil Square
It's a long, long way to Mukumbura
And we're going up there to stir

Stir
Stir
Ensure
Stir
Ensure
Stir
Ensure
Stir
Ensure

Meanings:

Mukkas: Means friend. It is derived from English slang term ‘mucker’, which means the same thing.

Tot siens: Means ‘goodbye’ in Afrikaans.

JOC: Joint Operations Centre.

Ek se: A popular Afrikaans catchphrase added to the end of any sentence. Very popular among young Rhodesians in the mid 70’s. Ultimately meaningless.

Mont Claire: Popular hotel in Rhodesia, later the target of an attack by ZANLA guerrillas.

FN: It's an abbreviation for ‘Fabrique Nationale’ , which is a prolific arms manufacturing company from Belgium. In this case, FN means FN FAL, a famous battle rifle which was a standard equipment of Rhodesian Security Forces at the time.

RL: Bedford RL is a military utility truck at the time used by the RSF.

Kwai it to the North Pole: Blow it to the North Pole, eg. blow it to smithereens. Kwai, used as verb, is a reference to the 50’s movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, where an Allied commando is tasked with destroying a railway bridge.

The Parade Square: The parade square at the Llewelyn Barracks, a military base near the Bulawayo city.

Graze: Rhodesian slang for food.

Lekker: Lekker is South African/Rhodesian slang for ‘ood’ or ‘attractive’.

Blues: Nickname for the Rhodesian Air Force.

Greys: Grey's Scouts, horse mounted troops that undertook tracking, reconnaissance and pursuit.

RWS: Rhodesian Woman’s Services.


Its a Long Way to Mukumbura (from Its a Long Way to Tippererarie) ~ Mike Westcott and Leprechaun ~ lM0b7XEJflE ~ 720p

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Freedom And Physics
Freedom And Physics 2 months ago

Glad to see how Rhodesia is being fondly remembered in history. Hopefully, we learn from it.

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Long Range Patrol
Long Range Patrol 2 months ago

Great song. Thanks for posting. Great history as well.

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Jackson Sparks In Memoriam

Short shorts and FN-FAL's. God Bless the Rhodesian veterans of the Bush War, and their families.

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Constitutionalist Realist

It's a long way to Tipperary and Mukumbura. Rhodesian soldiers fought bravely in World War 1, World War 2, and other British operations. However, Britian stabbed them in the back due to the presence of Closet Commies and the Marxist Mob in both the UK and the USA.

Never forget that we must support fellow Christian Countries and White Nations. Never let the Bolsheviks and Maoists overrun them.

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Ian Smith
Ian Smith 2 months ago

Rhodesian soldiers developed really good counter-insurgency tactics and equipment. The US MRAP vehicles were built off Rhodesian designs.

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