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The Regimental Marches

The Regimental Marches

Most British regiments have official marches, music that is played during parades and celebrations.

These have varied origins. Some were chosen by commanding officers simply because they liked the melody.

Others were folk tunes from the regions where regiments recruited.

The Farmers Boy

The Regimental Quick March


The Farmers Boy
The sun had set beyond yon hill,
Across the dreary moor,
When weary and lame, a boy there came,
Up to the farmer’s door,
“Can you tell me whe’ere I be,
And one that will me employ,”

To plough and sow, to reap and mow,
And be a farmer’s boy,
And be a farmer’s boy?

The farmer’s wife cried “Try the lad,
Let him no longer seek”.
“Yes Father do” the Daughter cried,
While the tears rolled down her cheek:
“For those who would work, ’tis hard to want
And wander for employ”.

Don’t let him go, but let him stay,
And be a farmer’s boy,
And be a farmer’s boy?

The Farmer’s Boy grew up a man,
And the good old couple died,
They left the lad the farm they had,
And the daughter for his bride;
Now the lad that was, the farm now has,
Oft he thinks and smiles with joy.

Oh, happy day he came that way,
To be a Farmer’s Boy,
To be a Farmer’s Boy.


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