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Moira Cameron Jackie Munroe: Info? (10) Lyr Add: JACKIE MUNROE (from Roberts & Barrand) 01 Sep 98


I just learned this one off of a John and Tony album (Present from a Gentleman). I really like it, but I'd like to know more about it. I've altered the lyrics slightly in the learning of it.

JACKIE MUNROE (Traditional)

Come listen to my story, 'tis of a wealthy squire,
He had an only daughter; she was charming, young and fair,

To me turra da way da way doe,
Turra da way doe way.

She had sweethearts a-plenty, to marriage were inclined,
But none but John the soldier could win this lady's mind.

But when her father came to know, in anger there he swore,
"I'll give the gang ten guineas to press young John to the war.

So she robbed her wicked old father; got money at her command
And she listed in the army, dressed up like a man.

"Your waist it is too slender, and your fingers fine and small,
Your cheeks they are too rosy to face the cannon ball."

"It's true my waist is slender, and my fingers they are small,
But it wouldn't make me tremble to see ten thousand fall.!"

"Well before you join my regiment, your name I'd like to know."
She smiled all over her face and said, "They call me Jackie Munroe!"

She sailed all over the ocean and over the deep blue sea,
'Til she was safely landed in the wars of Germany.

And all across the battlefield, the fought it up and down,
'Til among the dead and wounded, her darling Johnny she found.

"Oh Johnny, dearest Johnny, they have promoted me—
All to a Colonel's wages, so married we can be."

Then up and spoke a general, "Such things can never be!
It's against the laws of our country, two men should married be."

Then up and spoke the chaplain, "Such things I'll never allow!"
She drew her broadsword and she cried—"I'll make this do for you!"

So this couple they got married, as you may plainly know,
And John the wounded soldier's got his Colonel, Jackie Munroe!


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