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Waterloo It happened on a Wednesday in the lovely month of June I went for to convince my love, all in her youthful bloom Where the press gang lay in ambush and up to me they drew And the very next day we marched away to fight at Waterloo It happened on a Wednesday, the day I put on my dress ... My waistcoat of the scarlet, my hat and feather too And that very next day we marched away to fight at Waterloo The day we fought at Waterloo it was a bitter blast It was by our honorable captain, we was ordered to Belfast And when we got to Belfast town , those words I heard him say "I'm very much in doubt, my boys, that we won't gain the day." ... ... Our captain cries, " My heroes brave, come keep your courage true, And I hope to God we gain the day we fights at Waterloo At four o'clock in the afternoon we was ordered on the plains At eight o'clock that evening the bloody fight began The first shot took my arm from me, so loudly I did bawl And the very next shot took my leg from me, then I was forced to fall. I laid down on those weary plains to rest my aching bones ... ... Where ofttimes I cried and wished I 'd died that night in Waterloo It was when my comrades' day's work was done 'twas up to me they drew. Out of eighteen hundred heroes brave we only lost but two ... Where we made them yell and quit the field that night at Waterloo It was by our honorable captain we was ordered on the cars We had to go on horses' backs the distance been so far I thought you were strong-limbed when first you leaved your dear, But now you deserves a pension of thirty pound a year DT #815 Laws J2 From Greenleaf, Ballads and Songs of Newfoundland Collected from Daniel Endacott, Sally's Cove, 1929 SOF oct96
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