Laddie Boy

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1917 sheet music cover.

War is in the air
Blare bugles blare
Drums beat the loud roll call

Hark! down the street
Tramp, tramp your feet
Up go the windows all

North and South, East and West,
Forth they come the country's best,
Never mind that parting tear
Let there be one parting cheer

Goodbye and luck be with you
Laddie boy, Laddie boy
What ever your name may be
There's a look in your eye
As you go marching by
Tells me you will dare and do and die

And when you hear those shells begin to sing
There'll be someone somewhere who cares will murmur this pray'r,
May you win your share of glory,
And come back to tell the story
Goodbye and good luck Laddie boy

Somewhere in France
There waits the chance
One fighting chance that's all

May you return
to hearts that yearn
Or like a soldier fall

As in Grand-daddy's day,
Tho' today no blue nor gray,
Clad in Khaki fine and fit
Marching on to do your bit

Goodbye and luck be with you
Laddie boy, Laddie boy
What ever your name may be
There's a look in your eye
As you go marching by
Tells me you will dare and do and die

And when you hear those shells begin to sing
There'll be someone somewhere who cares will murmur this pray'r,
May you win your share of glory,
And come back to tell the story
Goodbye and good luck Laddie boy

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1945, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.