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Lord Marlborough

  • (Trad)

    You generals all and you champions bold
    Who take delight in the field
    Who knock down dungeons and castle walls
    And fight until they yield
    Now I must go and face my foe
    Without my sword and shield
    I've often fought with merry men
    But now to death I must yield

    I am an Englishman by my birth
    Lord Marlborough is my name
    In Devonshire I drew my breath
    That place of noted fame
    I'm most beloved by all my men
    By kings and princes likewise
    Af all the towns that we did take
    We hit them all with surprise

    King Charles the Second I did serve
    To face our foe in France
    And at the battle of Ramillies
    We boldly did advance
    The sun was down, the earth did quake
    So loudly I did cry
    Fight on, my boys, for fair England
    We'll conquer or we'll die

    And now we have gained the victory
    And bravely kept the field
    We took a number of prisoners
    And forced them to yield
    That very day my horse was shot
    'Twas by a musket ball   
    And ere I mounted up again
    My aide-de-camp did fall

    Now on a bed of sickness prone
    I am resigned to die
    You generals and you champions bold
    Stand true as well as I
    And to your colours stand you true
    And fight with courage bold
    I led my men through fire and smoke
    For there was a pride in all

    (as sung by Drinkers Drouth / Davy Steele)

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  • [1973:] Thanks to the rock group, Fairport Convention, this old eighteenth century song has gained a new lease of life since they recorded it on their album, 'Angel Delight'. They do it in a nifty 5/8 rhythm with an added kick given by running the second line straight on to the beginning of the third without a pause. [...] The noble Duke died in 1722, which gives you an idea of the song's age. (Dallas, Wars 119f)

  • [1975:] The lord of the title was Col. Churchill, created Duke by William of Orange in 1688, after his victory over the rebellious Duke of Monmouth. The earliest printed version we know appeared some 100 years later, though it seems to have originated as a broadside. Hammond collected a version with a similar sprung rhythm (in 5/4; this is in 5/8) from a man in Dorset in June 1906. (Karl Dallas, notes 'The Electric Muse' 13)

  • [1988:] Lord Marlborough is another valediction, this time put into the mouth of the dying general himself. His patriotic fervour is undimmed; [...]. No text is extant earlier than 19th-century broadsides, which is perhaps why Marlborough is made to spurn riches (whereas he was lavishly rewarded, not least by Blenheim Palace, for his success). The pathos, patriotism, and nobility of the piece must have been attractive to singers and their listeners, for several versions (with sumptuous tunes, incidentally) survived orally until recent times. (Palmer, History 232)

  • [1998:] In Lincolnshire Posy this is categorized as "Lord Melbourne1 (War Song)," where it is given a fanfare-like, almost arhythmic treatment. The song is better known as Lord Marlborough, to whom it properly refers. John Churchill (1650?-1722), 1st Duke of Marlborough, soldier and statesman, is perhaps best known for his "glorious victories" against the French at Blenheim and Ramillies. He was a meticulous planner, and was also known for his consideration of the welfare of his soldiers, which is perhaps why he became so popular in balladry. He was also an ancestor of Winston Churchill, whose elder brother Charles became the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1892. (Notes John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Heartoutbursts - Lincolnshire Folksongs collected by Percy Grainger)


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