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Recruited Collier O what's the matter wi' you my lass And where's your dashing Jimmy? O, the soldier boys have ta'en him up And sent him far, far from me Last payday he went off to town And them red-coated fellows Enticed him in and made him drunk And he's better gone to the gallows. The very sight of his cockade It sets us all a'crying And me I nearly fainted twice I thought that I was dying My father would have paid the smart And he ran for the golden guinea But the sergeant swore he'd kissed the book And now they've got young Jimmy. When Jimmy talks about the wars It's worse than death to hear him I have to go and hide my face Because I cannot bear him A brigadier or grenadier He says they're bound to make him But aye he laughs and cracks his jokes And bids me not forsake him. As I walked ower the stubble fields Below it runs the seam I thought of Jimmy hewing there But it was all a dream He hewed the very coals we burn And when the fire I'm lighting To think the coals was in his hands It sets my heart to beating So break my heart and then it's ower So break my heart my dearie And lay me in the cold ground For of single life I'm weary recorded by Dick Gaughan SOF
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