Henrik Norbeck's ABC Tunes

Display tune: Gentleman Soldier, The

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X:97
T:Gentleman Soldier, The
R:song
Z:id:hn-song-97
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:3/8=120
K:G
B | B2B DDE | G2A (B2G) | A2A G2F | G3- G3 |
B2D DDE | G2A B2G | A2A G2F | G3- G2
A | B2B B2G | A2A B2A | G2G GFE | D3- D2
d | d2D DDD | G2A B2G | AAA G2F | G3 ||
G2A | B2B B2G | AAA BBA | G2G GFE | D3- D3 |
d2D D3 | GGA B2B | A2A AGF | G3- G2 ||
W:It's of a gentleman soldier, as sentry he did stand
W:He saluted a fair maid by a waving of his hand
W:So boldly then he kissed her, and he passed it off as a joke
W:He drilled her up in the sentry box wrapped up in a soldier's cloak
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W:Chorus:
W:And the drums they go a rat-a-ta-tat, and the fifes they loudly play
W:"Fare thee well, Polly my dear, I must be going away"
W:
W:All night they tossed and tumbled, till daylight did appear
W:The soldier rose, put on his clothes, saying, "Fare ye well my dear
W:For the drums they are a-beating and the fifes they sweetly play
W:If it weren't for that Polly my dear, with you I'd gladly stay"
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W:Chorus
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W:Now come you gentleman soldier, won't you marry me?
W:Oh no, my dearest Polly, such things can never be
W:For I've a wife already, and children I have three
W:Two wives are allowed in the army, but one's too many for me
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W:Chorus
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W:If anyone comes a-courting you, you can treat them to a glass
W:If anyone comes a courting you, you can say you're a country lass
W:You don't have to tell them, that ever you played this joke
W:That you were drilled in a sentry box wrapped up in a soldier's cloak
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W:Chorus
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W:Oh come ye gentleman soldier, why didn't you tell me so?
W:My parents will be angry when this they come to know
W:And when nine long months had come and passed, this poor girl she brought shame
W:She had a little militia boy and she didn't know his name
W:
W:Chorus


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