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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            357
96 SOLDIER, SOLDIER, WILL YOU MAURY ME?
Additional American texts will be found in Newell, Games and Songs of American Children, p. 93; Campbell and Sharp, II, 40; Sharp, Folk-Songs of English Origin . . ., 2d series, p. 62; Brown, p. 10; Sharp, Nursery Songs from the Appalachian Mountains, No. 5. English texts appear in Dearmer and Shaw, Song Time, p. 82; and JFSS, V, 156.
Contributed by Mrs. Helen T. Little, of Knoxville, Iowa. Learned in Warrick County, Indiana. June 23, 1935.
1.   "Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your fife and drum?" "How could I marry such a pretty girl as you, With these old clothes on?"
2.     Off to the tailor's she did go,
Fast as she could run, Bought him a suit, the finest and the best, Saying, "Soldier, put this on."
3.   "Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your fife and drum?" "How could I marry such a pretty girl as you, With this old hat on?"
4.     Off to the hat shop she did go,
Fast as she could run, Bought him a hat, the finest and the best,
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Saying, "Soldier, put this on.'
5.   "Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your fife and drum?" "How could I marry such a pretty girl as you, With these old shoes on?"
6.     Off to the shoe shop she did go,
Fast as she could run, Bought him some shoes, the finest and the best, Saying, "Soldier, put these on."
7.   "Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your fife and drum?" "How could I marry such a pretty girl as you And have two wives at home?"








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