Paul Brady

The Jolly Soldier

Paul Brady

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The Jolly Soldier

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verse 1: 
        G    C     G            C      G         D      
Oh it's of a jolly soldier that lately came from war 
   G       C          G            C      D 
He loved a fair young damsel, a damsel so fair 
D               G      D                   G     C     D 
And her fortune was so great that it could scarcely be told 
D                                   G          C      D 
And she loved her jolly soldier boy because he was so bold 

verse 2: 
   G    C         G       C          G       D      
Oh then cried the lady "I fain would be your wife 
       G      C     G                     C       D 
But me father he is cruel and he'd surely take me life" 
D                         G   D         G         C      D 
He drew out his sword and pistol and he hung them by his side 
D                                        G           C     D 
And he swore that he would marry her and that?s what would betide 

verse 3: 
        G        C        G              C         G      D      
So they went and they got married and as they were coming home 
     G                C    G           C     D 
They met with her old father and seven armed men 
D                        G  D            G      C       D 
"Let us flee", cried the lady "for we'll surely will be slain" 
D                                   G       C      D 
"Fear nothing my dear charmer", the soldier cried again 

verse 4: 
     G           C   G       C    G       D      
Then up came the old man and unto her did say 
      G            C   G               C    D 
"It's for your disobedience to me this very day 
D              G       D          G    C         D 
For as you had been so mean as to be a soldier's wife 
D                                   G      C         D 
Down in this lonesome valley I will surely take your life" 

VERSE 5: 
    G              C   G      C      G         D      
"Oh no", cried the soldier "I do not like your prattle 
     G              C    G                  C         D 
For although I am a bridegroom I am well prepared for battle" 
D               G         D             G           C      D 
He drew out his sword and pistol and he caused them for to roar 
D                                      G       C       D 
And the lady held the bridle while the soldier battled sore 

VERSE 6: 
         G            C    G     C   G           D      
Well the first one he came to he ran through and maimed 
        G             C    G                C        D 
And the second one he came to he served him just the same 
D              G         D              G      C       D 
"Let us flee", cried the others "For we surely will be slain" 
D                                G    C     D 
"Fight on, my dear charmer", the lady cried again 

VERSE 7: 
           G                C   G        C       G         D      
"Stay your hand", cried the old man "you make my blood run cold 
    G                 C        G                 C         D 
And you shall have me daughter and five thousand pounds in gold" 
D                     G  D          G     C      D 
"Fight on", cried the lady "for his offer is too small" 
D                                        G         C       D 
"Stay your hand", cried the old man "and you shall have it all" 

VERSE 8: 
        G     C         G             C         G        D      
So he's taken them both home and he's made them both his heirs 
       G             C    G               C         D 
And it wasn't out of love but it was from dread and fear 
D                     G   D        G    C    D 
For there never was a soldier ever carried a gun 
D                                               G      C      D 
Who would ever flinch or budge an inch till the battle he had won 

VERSE 9: 
   G     C           G       C      G          D      
So don't despise the soldier just because he's poor 
        G            C    G                C       D 
He's as happy on the battlefield as at the barrack door 
D        G       D          G      C         D 
For they are the lads to be jovial brisk and free 
D                                           G          C    D 
And they'll fight for the pretty girls, for rights and liberty 
		  

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