Holdfast: Nations At War – Traditional British Lyrics

British Grenadiers

Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules,

Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these.

But of all the world’s brave heroes, there’s none that can compare,

With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, row, to the British Grenadiers.

 

Those heroes of antiquity never saw a cannon ball,

Or knew the force of powder to slay their foes withal.

Our brave boys do know it, and banish all their fears,

With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, row, for the British Grenadiers.

 

The Gentleman Soldier

It’s of a gentleman soldier, as sentry he did stand,

He saluted a fair maiden, by a waiving of his hand.

So then he boldly kissed her, and passed it off as a joke,

He drilled her up in the sentry box, wrapped up in a soldier’s cloak.

 

And the drums are going a rat-a-tat-tat,

And the fifes they loudly play.

Fare ye well polly my dear,

I must be going away.

Men of Harlech

Men of Harlech stop your dreaming,

Can’t you see their spearpoints gleaming,

See their warrior banners streaming,

To this battlefield.

 

Men of Harlech stand ye steady,

It can not be ever said ye,

For the battle were not ready,

Welshmen never yeild.

Over The Hills

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Eagle & Sharpe’s Mission

Here’s forty shillings on the drum,

To those who volunteer to come,

To ‘list and fight the foe today,

Over the Hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe

When duty calls me, I must go,

To stand and face another foe

But part of me will always stray,

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Company

Through smoke and fire and shot and shell,

And to the very walls of hell,

But we shall stand and we shall stay,

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Enemy

Though I may travel far from Spain,

A part of me shall still remain,

And you are with me night and day

and Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Honour & Sharpe’s Siege

Then fall in lads behind the drum,

With colours blazing like the sun.

Along the road to come what may,

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Gold

When Evil stalks upon the land,

I’ll neither hold nor stay me hand,

But fight to win a better day,

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Battle

If I should fall to rise no more,

As many comrades did before,

Then ask the fifes and drums to play,

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Sword

Let kings and tyrants come and go,

I’ll stand adjudged by what I know.

A soldiers life I’ll ne’er gainsay.

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

 

Over The Hills – Sharpe’s Challenge

Though kings and tyrants come and go,

A soldier’s life is all I know.

I live to fight another day,

Over the hills and far away.

 

O’er the hills and o’er the main,

Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.

King George commands and we obey,

Over the hills and far away.

Spanish Ladies

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies,

Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain,

For I’ve received orders

To return back to Portsmouth.

Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain.

 

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies,

Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain,

For I’ve received orders,

To return back to Portsmouth.

But I hope in time,

I’ll see you again.

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