JEEPNEYS


When the Army left the Philippines after World War II
They had so many jeeps that they wondered what to do

With all the excess vehicles, finally left them all behind
On the islands, it was cheaper just to put them out of mind,

The little Filipinos being a fiendish and clever lot
Made them into taxis -- abandoning them not,

Their own parts and bodies were custom-made on the island,
Such colorful, useful vehicles were never seen in my land,

Made to carry as many as seven or more riders with ease,
Love for these vestiges of war became a nonfatal disease,

All they needed was the chassis, hardly anything was still the same,
And there certainly isn't a one that could bear the Willys name.

                                                          by D. Edgar Murray