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GUEST,Anne Croucher Sharp's Rifles (69* d) Lyr Add: OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY 23 Sep 04

I have sung a version of this for decades - I don't know who I got it from, I know heard it sung - I am not sure of the spelling of Galway/Galvey for instance. I also have words for the rogues march.

Now the drum beats up again
For all true soldiers, gentlemen
To list and serve without delay
Go over the hills and far away

Over hills and o'er the plain
Through Flanders Portugal and Spain
Queen Ann commmands and we obey
When over the hills and far away

There's twenty shillings on the drum
For he who volunteers to come
There's shirt and coat and present pay
When over the hills and far away

He who's forced to go and fight
Will never gain true honour by it
The volunteer will win the day
Whan over the hills and far away

No more from sound of gun retreat
Whilst Marlborough and Galvay beat
The French and Spaniards every day
When over the hills and far away

Aprentice Thomas may refuse
To do as his angry master chose
For he is free to sing and play
He's over the hills and far away

We then shall lead more happy lives
By getting rid of brats and wives
That scold and grumble as they may
We're over the hills and far away

Come on now boys and you shall see
That very soon you 'll Captains be
You'll whore and rant through every day
When over the hills and far away

The tune I use is very slightly plainer than the one used in Sharp's Rifles, the popularity of the program is obvious as the chorus always gets the ornamentation thrust upon it

Should I put the words to the rogues march on here?


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