Poor Old Soldier (The Rogue's March)

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lyrics

I left my home and I left my job
Went and joined the army
If I knew then what I know now
I wouldn't have been so barmy.

Chorus:
Poor old soldier, poor old soldier
If I knew then what I know now
I wouldn't have been so barmy.

Gave me a gun and a big red coat
Gave me lots of drilling
If I knew then what I know now
I wouldn't have took the shilling.

Sent me off on a real old boat
By Christ she was no beauty
Far far across the sea we went
Afore to do my duty

Fought the Russians, or was it the French
Really couldn't tell, sir
All I know is they fought so hard
They sent us all to hell, sir.

When we got back home again
To desert was my intent, sir
I sold my cot and I sold my coat
And over the wall I went, sir.

Went to a pub and I got drunk
That is where they found me
Back to barracks in chains I was sent
And there they did impound me.

Fifty I got for selling me coat
Fifty for selling me blankets
If ever I 'list for a soldier again
The devil be my sergeant.

credits

from Overground, released August 19, 2015
trad. arr. Stuart Graham/Root and Branch

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Root and Branch London, UK

Root and Branch brings together young(ish) folk musicians steeped like teabags in the traditional music of Scotland, England, Ireland, and North America. The interplay of musicians from different musical backgrounds combines with sensitive arrangements to give Root and Branch a unique sound that is fresh and contemporary whilst unmistakably traditional. ... more

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