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Gone for a Soldier

from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree by Andy McLaughlin

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Fortunately I've never had to see a child of mine go off to war, but I've seen it at close quarters and it's not hard to imagine the turmoil...


I wish I could go, instead of him; I'd go right now if they'd let me in
But I'm too fat, and I'm too old, and I wouldn't do as I was told
I wouldn't make much of a soldier

The wheels on the bus go round and round, and the ducks on the pond make a funny sound
Don't get too close, you might fall in, and you know your Daddy cannot Now he's gone to be a soldier


When he passes out in his finery on the barrack square for all to see
Look at me, Dad, aren't you impressed? I'll take a deep breath, and I'll say yes
But I wish he hadn't gone for a soldier


He'll travel the world, and he'll see the sights, and I won't sleep too well at night
And when he comes back home to me, I'll lock the door and hide the key
But I wish he hadn't gone for a soldier



from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree, released January 29, 2021
Dan Hands, fiddle and Barbara Thow, additional vocal


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