Arthur McBride

I had a first cousin called Arthur McBride
He and I took a stroll down by the by the sea side
A-seeking good fortune and what might be tide
‘Twas just as the day was a dawning
Then, after resting we both took a tramp
We met Sergeant Harper and Corporal Cramp
Besides the wee drummer who beat up for camp
With his rowdy dow dow in the morning

He says, “My young fellows if you will enlist,
A guinea you quickly have in your fist
Besides the crown for to kick up the dust
And drink the king’s health in the morning.
For a soldier he leads a very fine life
He always is blessed with a charming young wife
And he pays all his debts without sorrow or strife
And always lives happy and charming.”

Ah now me bold sergeant we are not for sale
We’ll make no such bargain, your bribe won’t avail
We’re not tired of our country we don’t care to sail
Although that your offer is charming
Had we been such fools as to take the advance
This right bloody slander would be our poor chance
Well you think it no scruple to send us to France
Where we would be killed in the morning.

He says, ” Me young fellows if I hear but one word
I instantly now will out with my sword
And into your bodies as strength will afford
So now my gay devils take warning!”
But Arthur and I we took in the odds
We gave them no chance for to launch out their swords
Our whacking shillelaghs came over their heads
And paid them right smart in the morning

As for the wee drummer we rifled his pouch
And we made a foot- ball of his rowdy dow dow
And into the ocean to rock and to roll
And bade it a tedious returning
As for the old rapier that hung by his side
We flung it as far as we could in tide
To devil I pitch you says Arthur McBride
To temper your steel in the morning