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GUEST,mco5 Lyr Req/Add: Darby Kelly (22) ADD (part): Darby Kelly 29 Jan 01


I wonder if anyone can provide the words for this song, which I learned as a child in England in the 1950's (from the BBC schools programme "Singing Together")?
This is all I can remember of the words:
    My grandsire beat the drum complete
    His name was Darby Kelly O
    No man so true at rat-tat-too
    At roll-call or reveillez O

    When Marlborough's name first rose to fame
    So loud he rolled the points of war
    At Blenheim he and Ramillies
    Fired all their cannons to the core

    With row-dow-dow
    With what a shout the boys came out
    The girls they waved, you don't know how!

    And now (small shame) I bear the name
    And drum of Darby Kelly O
    No man so true at rat-tat-too
    At roll-call or reveillez O

I've not been able to find any reference to it.


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