Today, a developer was talking about how he wanted to get a ticket signed off by Christmas. This inspired a song, based on the lyrics for Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie.

If you’ve never heard of it, Stop the Cavalry was written as a war protest song. In the UK, it’s a popular song to play at Christmas time thanks to the line ‘Wish I was at home for Christmas’. If you are unfamiliar with the song, you can listen to it here. Just to warn you, it’s very catchy!

Before reading these lyrics, I’d like to take a moment to think about the songs original intent. I feel this is something that is often forgotten when we listen to this song every year at Christmas. Please take a moment to remember those who have died during the many wars we have had over the centuries. Especially remember those who fought in World War 1 with the expectation of the war being over by Christmas. The original lyrics can be viewed here.

My Lyrics – Stop the Bugs

Hey, Scrum Master comes over here
To say we’re doing splendidly
But it’s full of bugs here in the code
Testing to find all the defects now
Oh I say it’s tough, I have had enough
Can you stop the buggy build?

I have had to test, almost every night
Devs coding through these decades
That is when I say, oh yes yet again
Can you stop the buggy build?

A Christmas pudding waits at home
Software running on google chrome
Wish I was on the XBOX now
Or eating Turkey anyhow

Wish the bugs were gone by Christmas!

Bang! That’s another bug on another build
While friends and family have their tea
If I kill the bugs, live to tell the tale
I’ll run for management
If I get the job, I will stop, I will stop the buggy build!

Wish the bugs were gone by Christmas!

Wish I could be eating now
A delicious Turkey crown
A Christmas pudding waits at home
App not launched for two years now

Wish the bugs were gone by Christmas!