, All Dressed Up and No Place to Go" mocked the American government and British pacifists as hesitating and pathetic. In the hit song "The Conscientious Objector's Lament", the pacifist is presented as cowardly, effete, effeminate, intellectual, and bourgeois. The "bourgeois" aspect of the caricature is assured by using an upper-class accent: Perhaps you wonder who I am, Anti-war activists became isolated once the conflict had begun

, I don't object to fighting huns but should hate them fighting me! Non-combatant batallions are fairly in my line But the sergeant seems to hate me, for he calls me "baby mine"! But then I got so cross with him, I rose to the attack, And when he called me "Ethel", I just called him "Beatrice" back! [Chorus:] Call out the army and the navy, Call out the rank and file! Send for the grand old territorials, They'll face the danger with a smile! ? Send out my brother, my sister or my mother

, The piece simultaneously proposes different types of pleasure. The verses allow the audience to watch the mocking of the pacifist, but the sing-along chorus lets them take on collectively the voice which rejects the war, in joyful song. Soon, one could hear this chorus enthusiastically sung by troops at the front. This piece was so successful it featured in a court case where two songwriters disputed the copyright, p.36

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