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Soldier Maid OR RUB A DUB A DUB When I was a fair maid at the age of sweet sixteen From my parents I did run away a soldier to become I enlisted in the army a soldier for to be And they learnt me tae play upon the rub a dub a dee With my nice cap and feathers if you only could have seen You'd have sworn in your very heart a young man I had been With my gentle waist so slender and my fingers long and small I could rattle up the rub a dub a dee the best of them all Oh many is the prank I played upon the field And many was the young man his love to me revealed Many a prank have I seen among the French And so boldly I fought, though only a wench With my regiment at the front all the time I might have been With the brave Duke of York at the siege of Valenciennes But was favored by my officer for fear I might be slain I was sent home to England for recruiting back again Many a night in the guard room I have lain I never was afraid to lie down with the men At the pulling off my breeches I oftimes gave a smile To think I lay with a regiment, and a maiden all the while That might never have been known until this very hour But they sent me up to London to keep sentry in the Tower A lady fell in love with me, I told her I was a maid She went to my officer, and the secret she betrayed My officer sent for me to see if that was true I told him that it was - What else could I do I told him it was and he smiled at me and said It's a pity for to lose you, such a drummer as you made But for your valiant conduct at the siege of Valciennes A bounty you shall get my girl, a bounty from the king But should the wars arise again and the King be wanting men I'll put on my regimentals and I'll fight for him again recorded by Frankie Armstrong on Music Plays So Grand Roy Harris on Rambling Soldier Watersons in Yorkshire Garland SOF
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