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Thread #85218   Message #1580194
Posted By: The Walrus
10-Oct-05 - 12:11 PM
Thread Name: Marching Songs (not cadences)
Subject: RE: Marching Songs (not cadences)
May I point to the last lines of the initial post of this thread.

"...Does any one else know a song with a steady beat that would work for something like this. It doesn't have to be that old, just sound like it, as words can always be adapted..."
(My italics)

If the group had decided to stick with purely Elizabethan music, I fear they would be in for very slim pickings.

Re: "Rogues' March"
It certainly pre-dates war against the Russians.
I think you will find that, with the exception of the verse "Fifty I got" and the "Poor Old Soldier" chorus, the rest of the song is a back formation - someone adding their own (modern) lyrics.
The tune is a march for a man under punishment, I suspect that the words were added for the musicians to remember the melody and rhythm, in the same way that buglers and drummers have rhymes to remember their calls (or did, up to 30 years ago).