T:Recruiting Sergeant, The
H:See also song#62 and "The Peeler and the Goat" #80
G2E FED | E2F G2A | B2G A2G | FAF DEF | G2E FED | E2F G2A | Bcd cBA | B2E E2F |
G2E F2D | E2F G2A | B3 BAG | FAF DEF | G2E FED | E2F G2A | Bcd cBA | B2E E3 ||
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G2E FED | E2F G2A | Bcd cBA |1 B2E E3 :|2 B2E E2F ||
|:G2E F2D | E2F G2A | B2B A2G | F2D DEF | G2E F2D | E2F G2A | B2d c2A | B2E E2c ||
d2B c2A | B2e e2c | d2B A2G | F2D D2F | G2E F2D | E2F G2A | B2d c2A | B2E E2F ||
P:variation of 2nd part of song version
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W:1. As I was walking down the street
W:a-feeling fine and larky oh,
W:a recruiting sergeant came up to me,
W:says you'd look fine in khaki oh.
W:For the king he is in need of men,
W:come read this proclamation oh.
W:A life for you in Flanders then,
W:would be a fine vacation oh.
W:2. That maybe so, says I to him,
W:but tell me sergeant dearie oh.
W:If I had a pack stuck upon me back,
W:would I look fine and cheerie oh?
W:For they'd have you train and drill until
W:they had you one of Frenchies oh.
W:It may be warm in Flanders,
W:but it's draughty in the trenches oh!
W:3. The sergeant smiled and winked his eye,
W:his smile was most provoking oh.
W:He twiddled and twirled his wee moustache,
W:says he, you're only joking oh!
W:For the sandbags are so warm and high,
W:The wind you won't feel blowing oh!
W:I winked at a colleen passing by,
W:says I, so what if it's snowing oh?
W:4. Come rain or hail or wind or snow,
W:I'm not going out to Flanders oh!
W:There's fighting in Dublin to be done.
W:Let your sergeants and your commanders go.
W:Let Englishmen fight English wars,
W:It's nearly time they started oh!
W:I saluted the sergeant a very good night,
W:and there and then we parted oh!