Here's a lttle backstory on that cartoon and others like it. I found a YT audio recording of the "notoriously suggestive" Regine Flory singing the "Tanko" snag, but most the words are unintelligible. Siegfried Sassoon, who was so upset by Flory's routine has an interesting story as well.
Thanks for the info, Robert. You make a good History teacher...I always learn things from your posts. Here is Regine Flory singing the Tanko song.
I can hear the music and enjoy it very much but unfortunately Regine sings the song in such a shrill voice that the only word I can understand is "Tanko." lol So I searched for the lyrics and only got two results. One was from a discontinued website so that didn't get me anywhere. The other was from some fellow on a forum who said, "The lyric is barely distinguishable and it seems extremely tame nowadays, but it infuriated Siegfried Sassoon, prompting him to write the poem, "Blighters".
I sympathize with Siegfried. Being in the thick of things, he had every right to be angry. I remember an old program on PBS that featured poems that were written by poets who were killed in the war. I believe it was called "The Men Who Marched Away" and it was moderated by Darin McGavin. I have yet to find that program anywhere but I do have it on tape. No, not video tape...I sat down in front of the family television set with my small, portable reel to reel tape recorder and taped the show.