The old reserves, song

James Bonner, singing in English
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They came up from the country they came up from the farms
They came up in their thousands when they heard the call to arms
I want to be a soldier just because I liked the game
So when we got on the uniform it was then that I became
One of the old reserves one of the old reserves
Up to the Curragh I was sent where I had to pay no rent
When the doctor saw me it was then that he declares
A dozen Guinness once a day for one of the old reserves.

Now my first day out in uniform I walked along the green
I spied a dainty dasher and she looked a sweet sixteen
She wore such pretty stockings and she wore a pretty frock
But when I got beside her it was then I seen her clock
She was one of the old reserves one of the old reserves
Oh she says will you kiss me more no says I I’ve been gassed before,
A man who would kiss a girl like that a shooting he deserves
It only goes to show you she was one of the old reserves.

The first day in the dining hall my partner said to me
There must be something wrong with the eggs they’re giving them all out free
Now why he passed this rude remark I really couldn’t tell
But when I opened up that egg it was then I got the smell
It was one of the old reserves one of the old reserves
To eat that egg I tried my best nearly paralysed my chest
A man who would cook an egg like that a shooting he deserves
It only goes to show you it was one of the old reserves.

So when in bed the other night a funny sight I did see
Strolling along my pillow came my old friend Mr. Flea
He called upon his army and he called upon his men
They got in line and then in rhyme this is what they said
Sure we’re some of the old reserves some of the old reserves
We can sing we can dance we chased old Jerry out of France
We’ll hardly break the army but we’re sure to break their nerve
For some of the best we’ve ever had were lads of the old reserve.