Rochester Recruiting Sergeant
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A gay fusilier came marching down through Rochester
Bound for the wars in the low country
And he sang as he marched through the crowded streets of Rochester
Who'll be a soldier for Marlborough with me?

Who'll be a soldier, who'll be a soldier?
Who'll be a soldier for Marlborough and me?
And he sang as he marched through the crowded streets of Rochester
Who'll be a soldier for Marlborough and me?

Not I, said the baker, nor I said the mason
Most of the people with them did agree
To be paid in the powder and rattle of the cannonball
Wages for soldiers for Marlborough and thee

Wages for soldiers, wages for soldiers...

The King he has ordered fresh troops for the continent
To strike fresh blows at the enemy
And if you'd be a rover all in a scarlet uniform
Take the King's shilling for Marlborough and me.

Take the King's shilling, take the King's shilling...

But I, said a young man, have long endured the parish queue
No work or wages or employment for me
Starvation or danger, it shall be my destiny
To seek fresh employment with Marlborough and thee

Seek fresh employment, Seek fresh employment...

So forty new recruits went marching down through Rochester
Bound for the wars in the low country
And they sang as they marched through the crowded streets of Rochester
Who'll be a soldier for Marlborough and me?

Who'll be a soldier, who'll be a soldier?
Who'll be a soldier for Marlborough and me?
And he sang as he marched through the crowded streets of Rochester
Who'll be a soldier for Marlborough and me?


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