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THE TROOPER AND THE MAID

1 A soldier coming from the south,
The night was dark and gloomy,
She knew the soldier by his horse,
For she loved him dearly.
Yes, and dearly,
And so dearly,
She knew the soldier by his horse,
For she loved him dearly.

2 Feed your horse, we're able,
Here's oats and hay for you, young man,
To feed your horse, we're able.
3 She took the soldier by the hand
She led him to her table,
Here's cake and wine for you, young man,
Eat and drink, we're able.
Yes, we're able,
We're able,
Here's cake and wine for you, young man,
Eat and drink, we're able.

4 She went upstairs to make her bed,
She made it soft and easy,
And she come running down to him,
Now, my love, we're ready.
We're ready,
We're ready,
And she come running down to him,
Now, my love, we're ready.

5 She took off her lily-white gown,
As he rose from the table,
And he threw off his shoe-boot clothes,
Into the arms of the lady.
Yes, the lady,
And the lady,
And he threw off his shoe-boot clothes,
Into the arms of a lady.

6 They weren't in bed an hour or more,
She heard the trumpet sounding,
And she sat up with a shrilling cry:
'Lord, 0 Lord, I'm ruined !'
Yes, I'm ruined,
I'm ruined,
And she sat up with a shrilling cry:
'Lord, 0 Lord, I'm ruined !'

7 They stayed in bed an hour or more,
He heard the drum a-beating,
And he arose, put on his clothes,
Now, my dear, I'm leaving.
Yes, I'm leaving,
And I'm leaving,
And he arose, put on his clothes,
Now, my dear, I'm leaving.

8 It's when will you come back again,
To be your baby's daddy?
When grey goose quills turn silver pins,
Then, my dear we'll marry.
Yes we'll marry.
Yes, we'll marry,
When grey goose quills turn silver pins,
Then, my love, we'll marry.

9 I knew a soldier by his horse,
Although I loved him dearly,
I knew a soldier by his horse,
'Though I loved him dearly.
Yes, and dearly,
And so dearly,
I knew a soldier by his horse,
'Though I loved him dearly.

from the singing of Jimmy MacBeath of Elgin, Banffshire.
Child #299
@soldier @seduction
filename[ TROOPRM3
RG
Feb07

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