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When cannons are Roaring
Published by Scotty on 2005/3/28 (269 reads)
Can't find a musical link for this one yet - anyone else know one?

When Cannons are Roaring
Soldiers with swords in hand to the walls coming,
Horsemen about the streets riding and running.
Sentinels on the walls, "On, on!" a-crying,
Petards against the ports, wild fire a-flying!
(Chorus)
When cannons are roaring
and bullets are flying,
He that would honor win,
must not fear dying!
Trumpets on turrets high they are a-sounding,
Drums beating out aloud, echoes resounding.
Alarum bells in each place, they are a-ringing,
Women with stones in laps to the walls bringing!
Repeat chorus
Captains in open fields on their foes rushing,
Gentlemen second them with their points pushing.
Engineers in the trench earth, earth uprearing,
Gunpowder in the mines, Pagans up-blowing!
Repeat chorus
Portcullis in the port they are down-letting,
Burghers come flocking by to their hands setting,
Ladders against the walls they are uprearing,
Women great timber logs to the walls bearing.
Repeat chorus

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