The banks of the Nile, song / Dan McGonigle, singing in English

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Oh hark the drums are beating love, no longer can we stay
The bugle sweetly sounding clear, it’s call I must obey
We're ordered out from Portsmouth for many’s the long mile
To join the British Army on the banks of the Nile.

Oh Willie, dearest Willie, don't leave me here to mourn
Or I will curse and rue the day that ever I was born
For the parting of my own sweetheart is the parting of my life
So stay at home dear Willie, and I will be your wife.

Oh I'll cut off my yellow locks and I'll go along with you
I'll dress myself in men’s attire, and go to Egypt too
I'll fight then by your banner while kind comfort seems to smile
And we'll comfort one another on the banks of the Nile.

Oh Nancy, lovely Nancy, such things they could not be so
Our colonel he gave orders, no women there can go
We must forsake our own sweethearts, likewise our native soil
And go and fight the blacks and niggers on the banks of the Nile.

Your waist it is too slender love, your fingers are too small
I’m afraid you would not answer me when on you I would call
Your delicate constitution would not bear the unwholesome clime
For there’s cold and sandy deserts on the banks of the Nile.

A curse attend the war and the hour it first begun
It robbed now off old Ireland many's the darling son
It took from us of our own sweethearts, the protection of our soil
And their bodies feed the worms on the banks of the Nile.

So now the war is over it’s home we will return
To see our wives and sweethearts we left behind to mourn
Well embrace them our arms until the end of time
And we’ll go no more to Battle on the banks of the Nile.

The banks of the Nile, song / Dan McGonigle, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:657-NC-V8
Main Performer: Dan McGonigle
Title:The banks of the Nile [videorecording] / Dan McGonigle, singing in English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:McFeeley's Bar, Clonmany, Co Donegal
Recording Date:27 March 1993
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 5 min. 01 sec.) :digital, stereo
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:950

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