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Arthur McBride

Found in hnsong0.abc from the Henrik Norbeck abc collection
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Arthur McBride = 160 4 3 I had a first cousin called Arthur McBride He and I took a stroll down by the seaside A-seeking good fortune and what might betide 'Twas just as the day was a-dawning And after resting we both took a tramp We met Seargeant Harper and Corporal Cramp Besides the wee drummer who beat up our camp With his rowdy-dow-dow in the morning. He says: "My young fellows if you will enlist a guinea you quickly will have in your fist and likewise a crown for to kick up the dust and drink the king's health in the morning For a soldier he leads a very fine life And he always is blessed with a charming young wife And he pays all his debts without sorrow or strife And always lives pleasant and charming." "A soldier he always is decent and clean, In the finest of clothing he's constantly seen, While other poor fellows go dirty and mean And sup on thin gruel in the morning." Says Arthur: "I wouldn't be proud of your clothes, for you've only the lend of them as I suppose, and you dare not change them one night, for you know, if you do you'll be flogged in the morning." "Although we are single and free we take great delight in our own company, and we have no desire strange countries to see, although that your offer is charming. But had we been such fools as to take the advance The wee bit of money we'd have to run chance For you'd think it no scruples for to send us to France Where we would be killed in the morning." He says: "My young fellows if I hear but one word I instantly now will out with my sword and into your bodies as strength might afford so now my gay devils take warning." But Arthur and I we soon took the odds And we gave them no chance for to launch out their swords Our whacking shillelaghs came over their heads And paid them right smart in the morning. As for the wee drummer we rifled his pouch and we made a football of his rowdy-dow-dow and into the ocean for to rock and to roll And bade it a tedious returning As for the old rapier that hung by his side We flung as far as we could in the tide To the divil I pitch you says Arthur McBride To temper your steel in the morning. www.abcnotation.com/tunes

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