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weerover Songs of the civil War (58* d) RE: Songs of the Napoleonic Wars? 30 Apr 04


"Wheels of the World" has a verse which goes:

Napoleon he was a great spinner, he freedom did always advance
O'er deserts and high lofty mountains he marched the brave sons of France
Bold Wellington he went a-spinning, his wheels they were at Waterloo
And if Grouchy* had never been bribed, the French would have split him in two.

*Pronounced in the song as though it were an English name. I believe the historical evidence does not bear out the suggestion of bribery, merely that Grouchy stuck to his orders when another course of action might have been more advantageous.

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