South Down Militia

Lyrics

I belong to a noble regiment whose deeds are often told
For on the field of battle they were always brave and bold
They have loyal hearts as well and are true as any steel
And the place they show their bravery is on the battlefield

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You may talk about your King’s Guards, Scots Greys and a’
You may sing about your Kilties and your gallant Forty Twa
Or any other regiment under the King’s command
But the South Down Militia is the terror of the land

There’s Russians and there’s Prussians and brave Italians too
There’s Greeks and Ancient Romans, not forgetting the Zulu
But from Greenland’s icy mountains to India’s coral strand
The South Down Militia is the terror of the land

You’ve heard of Julius Caesar and of great Napoleon too
And other famous hairymen that fought at Waterloo
But if you read your history, you’ll quickly understand
The South Down Militia is the terror of the land

And when we marched through London in the year of brave fourteen
The gracious King reviewed us, and so did the gracious Queen
“Och, bloody war” says the Queen and waves her lily hand
The South Down Militia is the terror of the land

When the Kaiser heard the regimentv had landed down in France
In wild despair he tore his hair; “We haven’t an effing chance”
For when the Germans saw us coming, they threw down their guns and ran
For the South Down Militia is the terror of the land

It was at the Royal Jubilee in the year of seventy-two
The Queen and the Royal Prince was there, insprcting the great tattoo
“Hey, Major Wallace” says the Queen, “Them boys of yours looks grand”
“Och, hold your tongue” says Wallace “They’re the terror of the land”

When Kruger heard the regiment had landed at Capetown,
“I regret” says he “we’re bate” says he “we may throw our rifles down.”
There is only the one conclusion: we’d better quit the Rand
For the South Down Militia is the terror of the land


Notes

The South Down Militia was formed in 1800 from an older regiment
which had taken part in the suppression of the 1798 rebellion at Wexford.


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