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The Deserter


by Fairport Convention. Buy album CD: Other Songs C - THE


As I was a-walking down Radcliffe highway
A recruiting party came a-beating my way
They enlisted me and treated me till I did not know
And to the Queen's barracks they forced me to go

When first I deserted, I thought myself free
Until my cruel comrade informed against me
I was quickly followed after and brought back with speed
I was handcuffed and guarded, heavy irons put on me

Court martial, court martial, they held upon me
And the sentence passed upon me, three hundred and three
May the Lord have mercy on them for their sad cruelty
For now the Queen's duty lies heavy on me
When next I deserted, I thought myself free
Until my cruel sweetheart informed against me
I was quickly followed after and brought back with speed
I was handcuffed and guarded, heavy irons put on me

Court martial, court martial, then quickly was got
And the sentence passed upon me, that I was to be shot
May the Lord have mercy on them for their sad cruelty
For now the Queen's duty lies heavy on me

Then up rode Prince Albert in his carriage and six
Saying "Where is that young man whose coffin is fixed?
Set him free from his irons and let him go free
For he'll make a good soldier for his Queen and country




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Album: Other Songs C - THE Lyrics
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  1. (come All Ye) Rolling Minstrels
  2. A Sailor's Life
  3. After Halloween
  4. Angel Delight
  5. Big William
  6. Bird On A Wire
  7. Dawn
  8. Eastern Rain
  9. Farewell farewell
  10. Flowers of the Forest
  11. If Stomp
  12. Iron Lion
  13. Jack Orion
  14. John Barleycorn
  15. Lady of Pleasure
  16. Let It Go
  17. Lord Marlborough
  18. Matty groves
  19. Mr Lacey
  20. Night Time Girl
  21. Nottamun Town
  22. Part I
  23. Part Ii
  24. Part Iv
  25. Part Iv (the Sailor's Alphabet)
  26. Part Ix
  27. Part V
  28. Part V (john Lee)
  29. Part Vi
  30. Part Vi (breakfast In Mayfair)
  31. Part Vii
  32. Part Viii
  33. Part X
  34. Part Xi
  35. Part Xi (the Hanging Song)
  36. Pleasure and Pain
  37. Possibly Parsons Green
  38. Restless
  39. Reynard the Fox
  40. Rolling Minstrels
  41. Sickness and Diseases
  42. Sir William Gower
  43. Tale In Hard Time
  44. The Deserter
  45. The Hexhamshire Lass

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