American Old Time Song Lyrics: 53 When I Joined The Army

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 53

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Copyright. 1896. by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words by J. Cheever Goodwin. Music by Woolson Morse.

Oh, when I joined the army, a soldier for to be,
I never, for a moment, thought that I this day should see.
The sergeant who enlisted me was careful to conceal,
That Instead of carving foemen, potatoes I must peel.

Potatoes I must peel, potatoes I must peel:
The sergeant who enlisted me was careful to conceal,
That instead or carving, foemen, potatoes I must peel.

With dreams of fame, of glory, the sergeant filled my head;
And, like an addle-pated ass, I swallowed all he said:
[But all my blooming dreams of fame have vanished into air,
For instead of plucking laurels, potatoes I must pare.- Chorus
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