THE ADC SONG MkI, lyrics by Bob Gillet
THE ADC SONG Mk II, lyrics by Bob Gillet
LYNX, LYNX, LYNX, lyrics by Bob Gillet
IT'S SECURITY, lyrics by Bob Gillet
MY FLUSH-RIVETED CANUCK, lyrics by Bob Gillet
THE DIEFENBAKER SONG, lyrics by Bob Gillet
THE GEORGE PEARKES SONG, lyrics by Bob Gillet
WILLIE'S EMPIRE, lyrics by Bob Gillet
TRIBUTE TO RON WEST, lyrics by Bob Gillet
DISBANDMENT SONG, lyrics by Bob Gillet
REUNION SONGS, lyrics by Bob Gillet
WE'LL MEET AGAIN, (be patient as it loads)
After 35 years and eight squadron flying tours, I still consider the first one with 416 Squadron
to be the best, albeit the shortest. It was a combination of the right time, the right place and the right people. Flying,
fellowship and fun were the daily routine. Many of the events of this era are indelibly etched on my memory, due in part to
my good friend, Bob Gillet, who fortunately had the talent and stamina to put it down in verse. He was my next door neighbour
in barracks from November 1959 to my posting to Maritime Command in August 1961.
During that time I do not remember getting much rest. In fact I still don't understand how it was
possible to pack so much activity into such a short period of time, much of it in cahoots with Gillet.
Although he's a year younger, our birthdays are on the same day. As navs, we both revelled in the
high and low-level excitement offered by the Clunk, Drama Club, Back Bar and Montréal.
It was difficult not to get involved when Robert was struck by a spiritual urge to explain some
aspect of our military life in a poem, song or skit. His ability to capture the essence of the moment in the lyrics of a song
is legendary. Who doesn't know the ADC Song? When inspiration struck, generally about 2 a.m., his 200 watt speakers would
rattle my blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle in the medicine chest. Lil Abner, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Can Can - you name it, he played
them, over and over and ... His experiments in subliminal teaching did work and are reflected in the songs he produced, and
which I've tried to capture from my notes and memory for this special occasion.
Unfortunately Bob couldn't make Operation "Punchbowl" 93, but his enthusiasm, motivation and spirit
are alive and well in the legacy of lyrics he produced during our CF-100 Era on 416 Squadron, some 33 years ago.
As Squadron members we were indeed favoured to have had a dynamic and talented leader such as Bob
on our team. I know this LYNX SONG BOOK will rekindle memories of the "Good 'Ole Days". Thank you, Bob, from all of us.
Lloyd Graham. Maj (R)
September 17, 1993