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The Recruiting Sergeant

Seamus O'Farrell
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Versione cantata da Robin Hall e Jimmie McGregor
THE RECRUITING SERGEANTTHE RECRUITING SERGEANT
  
As I was going down the road, feeling fine and larky O,As I was walking down the street I was feeling light and larky O
A recruiting sergeant says to me, “Now you'd look fine in khaki O.When a recruiting sergeant says to me, “You'd look fine in khaki O.
The King he is in need of men, come read his proclamation O.For the King he is in need of men, come read this proclamation O.
A life in Flanders for you then would be a fine vacation O.”And it's a life in Flanders for you then, 't will be a lovely vacation O.”
  
“That may be so,” says I to him, “but tell me sergeant dearie O,So I looked the the sergeant then says I, “Please tell me sergeant dearie O,
If I had a pack stuck upon me back, do you think I'd look fine and cheery O?If I had a pack stuck upon me back would I look bright and cheerie O?
You'd make me train and drill until they had me one of French's O.For you'd make me drill and train until you'd had me like the Frenchies O,
It may be warm in Flanders but it's draughty in the trenches O.”Oh it may be warm in Flanders but it's draughty in the trenches O.”
  
The sergeant smiled and winked his eye, his smile was most provoking O.Then the sergeant raised his little cane and his smile was most provoking O,
He twiddled and twirled his wee moustache, says he, “You're only joking O!And he twiddled and twirled his wee moustache, says he, “Surely you're joking O!
For the sandbags are so warm and high, the wind you won't feel blowing O.”For the sandbags they are lovely and high and the wind you'd never feel blowing O.”
Well I winked at a cailin passing by, says I, “What if it's snowing O?But I winked at a cailin passing by, says I, “What if it's snowing O?
  
Come rain or hail or wind or snow, we're not going out to Flanders O.“O come wind, come rain, come hail, come snow, we're not going out to Flanders O,
There's fighting in Dublin to be done, let your Sergeants and your Commanders go.For there's fighting in Dublin to be done, let your Captains and Commanders go.
Let Englishmen for England fight, 'tis just about time they started O.”And let Englishmen for England fight and it's time that they get started O.”
I wished the Sergeant a very good night and there and then departed O.And I gave that Sergeant a jolly good night and there and then we parted O.


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