The Recruiting Sergeant (Irish-Seamus O'Farrell) MIDI

See also: Recruiting Sergeant (NL-Great Big Sea)
(Sung to the air of The Peeler And The Goat)

As I was walking down the road,
A-feeling fine and larky, oh,
A recruiting sergeant came up to me,
Says he, you'd look fine in khaki, oh;
For the King, he is in need of men,
Come read this proclamation, oh,
A life in Flanders for you then,
Would be a fine vacation now.

That may be so, says I to him,
But tell me, sergeant Dearie-oh,
If I had a pack stuck upon me back,
Would I look fine and cheery, oh?
For they'd have you train and drill until,
They had you one of Frenchies, oh,
It may be warm in Flanders,
But it's draughty in the trenches, oh.

The sergeant smiled and winked his eye,
His smile was most provoking, oh,
He twiddled and twirled his wee moustache,
Says he, I know you're only joking, oh;
For the sandbags are so warm and high,
The wind you won't feel blowing, oh,
Well, I winked at a colleen passing by,
Says I, what if it's snowing, oh?

Come rain or hail or wind or snow,
I'm not going out to Flanders, oh,
There's fighting in Dublin to be done,
Let your sergeants and commanders go;
Let Englishmen fight English wars,
It's nearly time they started, oh,
I saluted the sergeant a very good night,
And there and then we parted, oh.

####.... Seamus O'Farrell [1886-1973] ....####

Note To GEST ~ "Seamus O'Farrell was a well-known Irish journalist who at one time wrote for the "subversive" nationalist press. His song, written in 1915, was intended to be sung to the air of an old Irish tune, The Peeler and the Goat." ~ From Kathleen Rocchi, Seamus O'Farrell's daughter, Sept 04, 2004.


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