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Thread #7501   Message #1418575
Posted By: GUEST
23-Feb-05 - 08:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride
Hi, I'm looking for a version of Arthur McBride that David Jones did in the 1980s. I had it written down and when I recently went to rememorize the lyrics I couldn't find my pages. It starts out like this.

I once had a comrade named Arthur McBride
And as we went a-walkin' down by the seaside
As we went a-walkin' to tak in the tide
'Twas all on a fine summer's mornin'

As we went a-walkin' down by the sea sand
There we met Sergeant Napier and Corporal O'Hand
And a wee, little drummer named Patrick O'Dan
They were off to the fair in the mornin'

Oh, Arthur he says, if you will but enlist
Here's five guineas in gold that I'll put in your fist
Fist shillings besides if you'll kick up the dust
And drink the king's health in the mornin'

For a soldier he leads a very fine life
And he always is blessed with a charming young wife
And he pays all his debts without sorrow or strife
And he always is pleasant and charming

Oh, no, says Arthur, I don't want your gold
I don't want your gold to follow your will. . .

That's where memory fails me.

Please help!