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The British Army

  • Trad

    Too-ral-oo-ral-oo-ral-oo
    They're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
    Says I, If I had a face like you
    I'd join the British Army

    When I was young I used to be
    As fine a man as ever you'd see
    The Prince of Wales he said to me
    Come and join the British Army

    Sarah Condon baked a cake
    'Twas all for poor old Slattery's sake
    She threw herself into the lake
    Pretending she was barmy

    Corporal Daly went away
    His wife got in the family way
    The only thing that she could say
    Was, *** the British Army

    Corporal Kerry got such a drought
    Just give him a couple of jars of stout
    He'll kill the enemy with his mouth
    To save the British Army

    Kilted soldiers were no drawers
    Won't you kindly lend them yours
    The rich must always help the poor
    To save the British Army

    Repeat 1

    Final chorus:
    Too-ral-oo-ral-oo-ral-oo
    They're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
    Says I, If I had a face like you
    I'd *** the British Army

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1973:] A sort of Irish Ginger You're Barmy, one of those songs you can add to whenever it takes your fancy. Dominc Behan has a good verse:

    Kilted soldiers were no drawers
    Won't you kindly lend them yours
    The poor should always help the poor


    He and his brother Brendan once got into an awful row for singing it behind the 'skins', officially known as the Enniskillen Fusiliers. Most of the words are from the singing of Ewan MacColl. (Dallas, Wars 46)

    [1977:] [The Hungry Army] Charlotte Fen's tune and words are reminiscent of the tune and at least the opening verse of another derisive song, Join the British Army. (Palmer, Soldier 81)

    [1990:] This song of Irish origin has circulated both inside and outside the army since Victorian times. [...] Singers would insert at appropriate points the names of NCOs they disliked. (Palmer, Lovely War 25)

Quelle: Ireland

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