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The Recruiting Service Drum

  • (Robert Tannahill)

    I hate that drum's discordant sound
    Parading round and round and round
    To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields
    And lures from cities and from fields
    To sell their liberty for charms
    Of tawdry lace and glitt'ring arms
    And, when ambition's voice commands
    March, fight and fall in foreign lands

    I hate that drum's discordant sound
    Parading round and round and round
    To me it talks of ravaged plains
    And burning towns and ruined swains
    And mangled limbs and dying groans
    And widows' tears and orphans' moans
    And all that misery's hand bestows
    To swell the list of human woes

    (as sung by The McCalmans)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1970:] Born in Paisley, [Robert Tannahill (1774-1810)] became a weaver. He was a frail, shy person, morbidly sensitive. His 1807 volume of poems met with considerable success, but when Constable felt unable to print a collection of new songs, temporarily, he fell into a deep depression, burned the MSS of a hundred new songs, and his body was found in a nearby canal. (Penguin Book of Scottish Verse 16)

Quelle: Scotland

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