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Thread #18702   Message #187028
Posted By: Susanne (skw)
29-Feb-00 - 05:40 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WARLIKE LADS OF RUSSIA
I haven't checked the following words against my Black Family's recording, but here they are, one version at any rate:

THE WARLIKE LADS OF RUSSIA
(Trad)

Chorus:
Those warlike lads of Russia they fought all in one mind
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind

When Napoleon Bonaparte to Moscow he went
With all his troops and all his men their minds were fully bent
To take the Russian country they were full employed
But the Russians fought against them and soon did them destroy

In a little while the Russians did attack
Against Bonaparte and all his men, they fought him and they drove him back
The action being so hot right and left and front and rear
A damn you all says Bonaparte I'll stay no longer here

Away then went poor Bonaparte as fast as he could run
The poor Frenchmen looked after him, left horses men and guns
His boxes and his matches, ammunition wagons too
He left them all behind them, what could poor Boney do

Away then went poor Bonaparte as fast as he could ride
The poor Frenchmen looked after him, saying oh it's very hard
To think he'd lead us all up here and leave us to our fate
You'd think he'd stop along with us and help us in our state

Here's 80,000 men from them they've killed and they have taken
Likewise 10,000 horses and 200 bits of cannon
Nevermore to Lyon, Paris or French Flanders there advance
For if I do I may be sure they'll teach me how to dance

Now it's to conclude and thus finish off my song
Old Boney's men and Russia wish they had a hold of him
The cruellest death they'd put him to that e'er a man befell
Oh damn you all says Bonaparte I'm clear of you all