CAPTAIN JINKS OF THE HORSE MARINES
 
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I'm Captain Jinks of the Horse marines
I feed my horse on corn and beans
And sport young ladies in their teens
Though a captain in the army
I teach the ladies how to dance
How to dance, how to dance
I teach the ladies how to dance
For I'm the pet of the army.

Chorus: I'm Captain Jinks of the Horse marines
I feed my horse on corn and beans
And often live beyond my means
Though a captain of the army.


I joined the corps when twenty-one
Of course I thought it capital fun
When the enemy comes, of course I run
For I'm not cut out for the army
When I left home, Mamma she cried
Mamma she cried, Mamma she cried
When I left home, Mamma she cried,
'He's not cut out for the army.'

Chorus:

The first time I went out for drill
The bugler sounding made me ill
Of the battlefield I'd had my fill
For I'm not cut out for the army
The Officers, they all did shout
They all did shout, they all did shout
'Why kick him out of the army.'

Chorus:
 
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Written, composed and performed by Tom MacLagan (1827-1902) - 1862
Also performed by Harry Rickards (1841-1911)
 
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