Rudyard Kipling ( )


Barrack-Room Ballads. 22. Private Ortheriss Song


My girl she give me the go onest,
        When I was a London lad;
An I went on the drink for a fortnight,
        An then I went to the bad.
The Queen she give me a shillin
        To fight for er over the seas;
But Guvment built me a fever-trap,
        An Injia give me disease. 
(Chorus)   
Ho! dont you eed what a girl says,
         An dont you go for the beer;
But I was an ass when I was at grass,
         An that is why Im ere. 
I fired a shot at a Afghan,
        The beggar e fired again,
An I lay on my bed with a ole in my ed,
        An missed the next campaign!
I up with my gun at a Burman
        Who carried a bloomin dah,
But the cartridge stuck and the baynit bruk,
        An all I got was the scar. 
(Chorus)   
Ho! dont you aim at a Afghan,
        When you stand on the skyline clear;
An dont you go for a Burman
        If none o your friends is near. 
I served my time for a Corpral,
        An wetted my stripes with pop,
For I went on the bend with a intimate friend,
       An finished the night in the shop.
I served my time for a Sergeant;
       The Colonel e sez No!
The most youll see is a full C.B.
       An . . . very next night twas so! 
(Chorus)   
Ho! dont you go for a Corpral
      Unless your ed is clear;
But I was an ass when I was at grass,
      An that is why Im ere. 
Ive tasted the luck o the Army
      In barrack an camp an clink,
An I lost my tip through the bloomin trip
      Along o the women an drink.
Im down at the heel o my service,
      An when I am laid on the shelf,
My very worst friend from beginning to end
      By the blood of a mouse was myself! 
(Chorus)   
Ho! dont you eed what a girl says,
      An dont you go for the beer;
But I was an ass when I was at grass,
      An that is why Im ere!





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3.06.1996
22-23.09.1996
24.09.1996 (.)
18.05.2000 (.)
   


Rudyard Kipling's other poems:
  1. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 13. The Birthright
  2. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 8. The Survival
  3. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 18. The Last Ode
  4. Limits and Renewals. 1932. 9. The Coiner
  5. The Beginner


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