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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTo beat the drum again
Roud No.226
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 568
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When I was a young girl at the age of sixteen
I from my parents run away to go and serve the Queen
I enlisted in the army like another private man
And very soon they taught me how to beat upon the drum

Chorus

How to bat upon the drum, how to beat upon the drum
And very soon they taught me how to beat upon the drum

Verse 2

My waste being long and slender my fingers long and small
Very soon I learned to beat the drum the best among them all
And the sergeant that enlisted me said I was a nice young man
So I'll think you'll make a drummer, so it's come along, my man

Chorus

So it's come along young , so it's come along young man
So I'll think you'll make a drummer, so it's come along, my man

Verse 3

All going to my quarters and going to my bed
And sleeping by a soldiers side I never felt afraid
But it was taking off my trousers that made me laugh and smile
For to think myself a drummer and a maiden all the while

Chorus

A maiden all the while, a maiden all the while
For to think myself a drummer and a maiden all the while

Verse 4

They sent me up to London to go and guard the Tower
And there I might have been until this very day and hour
But a young girl fell in love with me, and she proved I was a maid
And straight unto my officer my secret she betrayed

Chorus

My secret she betrayed, my secret she betrayed,
And straight unto my officer my secret she betrayed

Verse 5

My officer then sent for me to know if it was true
For such a thing I can't believe, nor won't believe of you
O yes it's true, dear officer she smiled and then he said
It's a pity we should lose you such a drummer as you have made

Chorus

Such a drummer you have made, such a drummer you have made
It's a pity we should lose you such a drummer as you have made

Verse 6

So fair you well dear officer you have been kind to me,
And fair you well my comrades you must sometimes think of me
And should you be in want of men why this I do atain
That I'll take off my hat and feathers and I'll beat the drum again

Chorus
I'll beat the drum again, I'll beat the drum again
That I'll take off my hat and feathers and I'll beat the drum again
 
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Notes
This version, without the chorus is ascribed to Frank Cook, Burford, Ox 248. There are some minor textual differences and some archaic spellings, e.g. waste in Verse 2, fair in Verse 5. This may be a version of the Cook song, but there are sufficient differences to preclude certainty.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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