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Lyr Req: Gentleman Soldier (from the Pogues)

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THE SENTRY BOX


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(origins) Origins: Gentleman Soldier / The Sentry Box (17)
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Mikey joe 10 Nov 00 - 06:50 AM
Gervase 10 Nov 00 - 07:05 AM
Mikey joe 10 Nov 00 - 07:14 AM
MandolinPaul 10 Nov 00 - 07:34 AM
Calach 10 Nov 00 - 07:45 AM
Quincy 10 Nov 00 - 07:49 AM
Mikey joe 10 Nov 00 - 08:12 AM
Snuffy 10 Nov 00 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,Matt_R 10 Nov 00 - 12:41 PM
Malcolm Douglas 10 Nov 00 - 01:37 PM
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Subject: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.....
From: Mikey joe
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 06:50 AM

the chorus goes a little something like this.....

Well, the drums do go with a rat a tat tat, And the fifes do louldly play, Farthewell paula my dear, I must be going away.

Can any of you catters give me a hand here????

Thanx in advanz

Mj


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Gervase
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 07:05 AM

You'll find the words here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Mikey joe
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 07:14 AM

what?????????

Mj


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: MandolinPaul
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 07:34 AM

Hey Mikey

The song's called The Gentleman Soldier. I think I've seen it in the DT before, but can't find it right now. If you haven't received another response, I'll have a look when I have some time, later.

Paul.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GENTLEMAN SOLDIER (from The Pogues)
From: Calach
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 07:45 AM

THE GENTLEMAN SOLDIER
As recorded by The Pogues on "Rum, Sodomy & the Lash" (1985)

It's of a gentleman soldier as a sentry he did stand.
He saluted a fair maiden by a waving of his hand,
And then he boldly kissed her and passed it off as a joke.
He drilled her up in the sentry-box wrapped up in a soldier's cloak.

Chorus:
And the drums are going rap-a-tap-tap and the fifes they loudly play.
Fare thee well, Polly my dear; I must be going away.

All night they tossed and tumbled, till the morning did appear.
The soldier rose, put on his clothes, and said "Farewell, my dear,
For the drums are loudly beating and the fifes so sweetly play.
If it weren't for that, Polly my dear, with you I'd gladly stay.

"If anyone comes a-courting, you can treat them to a glass.
If anyone comes a-courting, you can say you're a country lass.
You don't have to tell them that you ever played this joke,
That you got drilled in a sentry box wrapped up in a soldier's cloak."

"Now come, you gentleman soldier, won't you marry me?"
"Oh, no, my dearest Polly, this thing can never be.
For I've a wife already, and children I have three.
Two wives are allowed in the army, but one's too many for me."

"Oh, it's come, my gentleman soldier, why didn't you tell me so?
My parents will be angry, when this they come to know."
When nine long months had come and gone, the girl she was shamed,
She had a little militia boy, and she didn't know his name.


Hey Mickey, 2 helps in 2 threads!! if you want more lyrics of this sort, email me direct calach@fsbdial.co.uk and I'll email you direct, that way I don't have to put the breaks in, and you don't have to take them out your end!


Pogues Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP3w6yJR-DQ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Quincy
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 07:49 AM

Try here Mj

Click

regards, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Mikey joe
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 08:12 AM

cheers hope to see some of you saturday


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 09:03 AM

In the "Sharpe" series on UK tv, John Tams sangthis to the tune of "The British Grenadiers"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 12:41 PM

I love this song, especially when the Pogues actually DO make the drums go "rat-a-tat-tat". I also love Shane McGowan's high pitched voice for the female character in the story. What a riot!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 01:37 PM

The easiest way to look for things in the Digital Tradition database and in the Forum is to go to the "Digitrad and Forum Search" box on the main Forum page, type in a song title or keywords, and click "Go".  In this case, fifes do loudly play will take you to a thread which tells you the name of the song, which you can then use to find further information.  If you do a search before asking for information (or before posting lyrics), we can avoid having several threads all on the same subject, and containing the same information, lurking about!  This link will take you to a thread containing the version published in the Penguin Book of English Folk Song, together with further links to other versions:  Gentleman Soldier

The link above to the Pogues' version is interesting, but requires this comment: the person who put the site together seems to think that the Pogues have changed the words of the song; this is not the case.  They simply recorded a traditional version that was different from the one he or she knew about.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: GeorgeH
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 02:12 PM

Listen out for Bill Jone's rather wonderful adaptation of this song . . (She ususally sings it as an encore). She's sort of extended the original a little . .

G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 03:32 PM

Do a Forum search for 'Gentleman' for two earlier threads on the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 03:37 PM

MMMmmm.......Like The pogues


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pogues song- not sure of title..but.
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 08:32 PM

It's also on the first vinyl folk LP I ever bought of Alex Campbell: just a few years before the Pogues got hold of it!


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