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The Gentle Recruit

Found in FK-16-265-1-0.abc from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library abc collection
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The Gentle Recruit (To be sung to the air of "Lincolnshire Poacher") 8 6 f When war broke out with Germany I thought I'd enlist. "Old Uncle Joe can do my job," thinks I, "I won't be missed." Now I'm the softest hearted chap. I want to make that clear. And I speak no ill of Kaiser Bill, but I wish I had him here I got inside a khaki suit and a soldier lad was I. I'd lived a peaceful kind of life and I wouldn't hurt a fly, But now my gun and cartridge clips to me are fond and dear And I speak no ill of Kaiser Bill, but I wish I had him here They shipped me off to Flanders though I'd never left dry ground That blooming ship went up and down and everything went round I shut my eyes and softy said, though feeling mortal queer, "Oh I speak no ill of Kaiser Bill, but I wish I had him here." They sent me to the trenches and a lot of things I've seen I've had a bit of fighting, and I've done my fighting clean. To do my duty civil like I always persevere And I speak no ill of Kaiser Bill, but I wish I had him here To love our fellow men, my lads is what we all must do. There's good in every one of us, and in the Germans too, But the Huns that met my bayonet, they won't drink no more beer, And I speak no ill of Kaiser Bill, but I wish I had him here. www.abcnotation.com/tunes

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