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The title Johnny Got His Gun corrupts a lyric from the popular 1917 George M. Cohan song "Over There," which urged American men to join World War I by invoking patriotic and idealistic words. By changing the tense of the lyric from "Johnny get your gun" to "Johnny got his gun," Trumbo shows the consequences of the song's foolishly optimistic rush to war.
The following is an excerpt:
Johnny get your gun, get your gun, get your gun. / Take it on the run, on the run, on the run. / Hear them calling you and me, / Every son of liberty. / Hurry right away, no delay, go today. / Make your Daddy glad to have had such a lad. / Tell your sweetheart not to pine, / To be proud her boy's in line. / Johnny get your gun, get your gun, get your gun. / Johnny show the Hun you're a son of a gun. / Hoist the flag and let her fly, / Yankee Doodle do or die. / Pack your little kit, show your grit, do your bit / Yankee to the ranks from the town and the tanks. / Make your Mother proud of you, / And the old red-white-and-blue.