(Rudyard Kipling)






Barrack-Room Ballads. 49. Boots


(INFANTRY COLUMNS OF THE EARLIER WAR)

We're footslogslogslogsloggin' over Africa!
Footfootfootfootsloggin' over Africa
(Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up and down again!)
 There's no discharge in the war!


Sevensixelevenfivenine-an'-twenty mile to-day
Fourelevenseventeenthirty-two the day before
(Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up and down again!)
 There's no discharge in the war!


Don'tdon'tdon'tdon'tlook at what's in front of you
(Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up an' down again);
Menmenmenmenmen go mad with watchin' 'em,
 An' there's no discharge in the war.


Trytrytrytryto think o' something different
OhmyGodkeepme from goin' lunatic!
(Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up an' down again!)
 There's no discharge in the war.


Countcountcountcountthe bullets in the bandoliers;
Ifyoureyesdropthey will get atop o' you
(Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up and down again)
 There's no discharge in the war!


Wecanstickout'unger, thirst, an' weariness,
Butnotnotnotnot the chronic sight of 'em
Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up an' down again,
 An' there's no discharge in the war!


'Tain'tsobadbyday because o' company,
But nightbringslongstrings o' forty thousand million
Bootsbootsbootsboots, movin' up an' down again.
 There's no discharge in the war!


I'avemarchedsixweeks in 'Ell an' certify
Itisnotfiredevils dark or anything
But bootsbootsboots, movin' up an' down again,
 An' there's no discharge in the war!




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