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The Recruited Collier牋?

Traditional England


I used to enjoy accompanying Louis Killen on this song on the rare occasions we managed to sing together.?I finally asked him to teach it to me.?"Paid the smart and run for the golden guinea" ?a bribe for the recruiting officer to let her man go.


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What's the matter with you me lass, and

牋牋牋牋牋?where's your dashing Jimmy?

The soldier lads have picked him up, and

牋牋牋牋牋?now her gone far from me

Last pay day he went into town, and them

牋牋牋牋牋?red-coated fellows

Enticed him in and made his drunk; he'd

牋牋牋牋牋?have better gone to the gallows


The very sight of his cockade, it set us all


And me, I nearly fainted twice: I thought

牋牋牋牋牋?that I was dying

My father would have paid the smart and

牋牋牋牋牋?run for the golden guinea

But the sergeant swore he'd kissed the book,

牋牋牋牋牋?and not they've got young Jimmy


When Jimmy talks about the wars it's worse

牋牋牋牋牋?than death to hear him

I have to go and hide my tears, for truth, I

牋牋牋牋牋?cannot bear him

But aye, he jives and cracks his jokes, and

牋牋牋牋牋?bids me not forsake him

For a Brigadier or a Grenadier he says

牋牋牋牋牋?they're sure to make him


As I looked o'er the stubble fields ?below it

牋牋牋牋牋?runs the seam -*牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?*coal mine

I thought of Jimmy hewing there, but that

牋牋牋牋牋?was just a dream

He hewed the very coals we burn, and when

牋牋牋牋牋?the fire I'm lighting

To think the lumps was in his hands, it sets

牋牋牋牋牋?my heart a beating


So break my heart and then it's o'er; aye,

牋牋牋牋牋?break my heart, my dearie

And I'll lie in the cold, cold ground; of a

牋牋牋牋牋?single life, I'm weary



The Recruited Collier is recorded on the album Apples in the Basket