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Thread #12665   Message #3339362
Posted By: GUEST,reef21
17-Apr-12 - 12:27 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
@Reiver 2: Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners, who learned the song from Dominic Behan stated that "Fusiliers" sarcastically refers to the image of the men marching "with their shovels slung behind them" giving the appearance of soldiers marching with shouldered rifles.