Join The British Army lyrics

by The Dubliners

When I was young I used to be
As fine a man as ever you'd see;
The Prince of Wales, he said to me,
"Come and join the British army."

Too ra loo ra loo ra loo,
They're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
And since when have I had a face like you
I'd join the British army.

Sarah Comden baked a cake;
It's all for poor old Slattery's sake.
I threw meself into the lake,
Pretending I was balmy.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
I've made me mind up what to do,
Now I'll work me ticket home to you,
And *pfft* the British army.

Sergeant Heeley went away,
And his wife got in the family way,
And the only words that she could say,
Was blame the British army.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
Me curse upon the Labour blue,
That took me darlin' boy from me,
To join the British army.

Corporal Sheen's a turn o' the 'bout,
Just give him a couple o' jars o' stout,
He'll bake the enemy with his mouth,
And save the British army.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
I've made me mind up what to do,
Now I'll work me ticket home to you,
And *pluck* the British army.

Song Details

The Dubliners
The Original Dubliners

Writer: Ewan MacColl - Born James Henry Miller (1915 - 1989)... more

Occupation: Playwright, folksinger, labour activist

Date: Released on the album, ' Bundook Ballads' in 1967

Brief: The song is about a young Irishman who volunteers to Join The British Army and as time goes by he realises he made a mistake and wants to leave the British army and find his way home again.

Category: Irish Rebel Song

Popular Recording Artists: Ewan MacCol, The Dubliners (featured), The Davitts, Brobdingnagian Bards...

Logo Join The British Army featured on the album, Original Dubliners

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