Banks Of The Nile Lyrics

Oh hark! The drums do beat, my love, no longer can we
The bugle-horns are sounding clear, and we must march
We're ordered down to Portsmouth, and it's many is the
weary mile.
To join the British Army on the banks of the Nile.

Oh Willie, dearest Willie, don't leave me here to
Don't make me curse and rue the day that ever I was
For the parting of our love would be like parting with
my life.
So stay at home, my dearest love, and I will be your

Oh my Nancy, dearest Nancy, sure that will never do.
The government has ordered, and we are bound to go.
The government has ordered, and the Queen she gives
And I am bound on oath, my love, to serve in a foreign

Oh, but I'll cut off my yellow hair, and I'll go along
with you.
I'll dress myself in uniform, and I'll see Egypt too.
I'll march beneath your banner while fortune it do
And we'll comfort one another on the banks of the Nile.

But your waist it is too slender, and your fingers they
are too small.
In the sultry suns of Egypt your rosy cheeks would
Where the cannons they do rattle, when the bullets they
do fly,
And the silver trumpets sound so loud to hide the
dismal cries.

Oh, cursed be those cruel wars, that ever they began,
For they have robbed our country of many's the handsome
They've robbed us of our sweethearts while their bodies
they feed the lions,
On the dry and sandy deserts which are the banks of the

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Songwriter(s): Jerry Donahue, Patrick Donaldson, Sandy Denny, Gerry Conway

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