Oh hark! The drums do beat, my love, no longer can we
The bugle-horns are sounding clear, and we must march
We're ordered down to Portsmouth, and it's many is the
To join the British Army on the banks of the Nile.
Oh Willie, dearest Willie, don't leave me here to
Don't make me curse and rue the day that ever I was
For the parting of our love would be like parting with
So stay at home, my dearest love, and I will be your
Oh my Nancy, dearest Nancy, sure that will never do.
The government has ordered, and we are bound to go.
The government has ordered, and the Queen she gives
And I am bound on oath, my love, to serve in a foreign
Oh, but I'll cut off my yellow hair, and I'll go along
I'll dress myself in uniform, and I'll see Egypt too.
I'll march beneath your banner while fortune it do
And we'll comfort one another on the banks of the Nile.
But your waist it is too slender, and your fingers they
are too small.
In the sultry suns of Egypt your rosy cheeks would
Where the cannons they do rattle, when the bullets they
And the silver trumpets sound so loud to hide the
Oh, cursed be those cruel wars, that ever they began,
For they have robbed our country of many's the handsome
They've robbed us of our sweethearts while their bodies
they feed the lions,
On the dry and sandy deserts which are the banks of the
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