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The Recruit (Fusco​/​Kid on the Mountain​/​Recruiting Sergeant​/​Morrison's Jig)

from by The Kissers



Recruiting Sergeant

As I was walking down the road
And feeling fine and larky oh
A recruiting sergeant came to me
Said, you'd look fine in khaki oh
For the King he is in need of men
Come read this proclamation oh
A life in Flanders for you then
Would be a fine vacation oh

That may be so says I to him
But sergeant tell me dearie-oh
If I had a pack upon my back
Would I look fine and cheerie oh
For they have you train and drill until
They have you with the Frenchies oh
It may be warm in Flanders
But it's draughty in the trenches oh

The sergeant smiled and winked his eye
His smile was most provoking oh
He twiddled and twirled his wee mustache
And said, I know you're joking oh
For the sandbags are so warm and high
The wind you won't feel blowing oh
I winked at a cailin passing by
Says I, what if it's snowing oh

Come rain or hail or wind or snow
I'm not going out to Flanders oh
There's fighting in Dublin to be done
Let your sergeants and your commanders go
Let Englishmen fight English wars
It's nearly time they started oh
I bid the sergeant a very good night
And there and then we parted oh


from Three Sails, released December 13, 2014
Traditional arr. The Kissers except:
"Fusco" courtesy Berrogüetto and Fol Music
J.E. Comesaña, S. Cribeiro, G. Fernandez, A. Garcia Pintos, I. Palacin, X. Lopez © 1999 Boa Music Publishing



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The Kissers bring a fresh, original kick to Celtic music. Forged during legendary Monday nights at Madison's O’Cayz Corral, and honed through 1000 nights on the road, their sound blends sharp musicianship, black humor and the lilt and lyricism of the ancient melodies. Rock musicians who learned Irish music, The Kissers explore the roots of that tradition while retaining their own unique essence. ... more

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