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O Soldier Won't You Marry Me?
Last updated: 22.04.17
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"O Soldier Won't You Marry Me" is a fine old English folk-song that I undoubtedly first learned at primary school. The version I sing today can be found in Songs and Dances of England by Liz Thomson. The identical lyrics can also be found in Twice 44 Sociable Songs collected and arranged by Geoffrey Shaw.
This song lends itself to two-part singing and I used to love singing it with Kerstin Knie. The song is a simple story of girl meeting soldier. Girl providing soldier with all his material needs. By the way, his physical needs are not mentioned, I expect these have long been expurgated as this has been a "children's song" in the UK for at least a century. The soldier finally dismisses girl's wooing efforts on the grounds of not wishing to commit bigamy.
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