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The Song Book 71
Why, soldiers, why Should we be melancholy, boys ?
Why, soldiers, why, Whose business 'tis to die !
What! sighing ? fie ! Damn fear, drink on, be jolly, boys!
'Tis he, you, or I ;
Cold, hot, wet, or dry, We're always bound to follow, boys,
And scorn to fly.
'Tis but in vain, (I mean not to upbraid you, boys)
'Tis but in vain For soldiers to complain :
Should next campaign Send us to Him who made us, boys,
We're free from pain;
But should we remain, A bottle and kind landlady
Cures all again.
Chappell. From Vocal Music. Tune Why, Soldiers, Why ?