Oops, wrong war

Wrong name, too.

I made a mistake in my column today; I realized it a couple of hours after deadline, when it was way too late to do anything.

“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” was composed by Frank Loesser, not by Irving Berlin (“Annie, Get Your Gun”), as I had all too blithely assumed. It was written during World War II (after the attack on Pearl Harbor), not during World War I.

I broke a basic rule (“Do not assume”), all because, somewhere in the back of my mind, I was positive that my copy of a CD marking Berlin’s 100th birthday carried that particular track. Now if you will kindly hand me that gun …

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