THE GENDARMES DUET
 
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We're public guardians bold, yet wary
And of ourselves we take good care
To risk our precious lives we're chary
When anger looms, we're never there
But when we meet a helpless woman
Or little boys that do no harm
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we're the bold gendarmes
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we're the bold gendarmes.

Sometimes our duty's extramural
Then little butterflies we chase
We like to gamble in things rural
Commune with nature face to face
Unto our beat then back returning
Refreshed by nature's holy charm
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we're the bold gendarmes
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we're the bold gendarmes.

If gentlemen will make a riot
And punch each other's heads at night
We're quite disposed to keep it quiet
Provided that they make it right
But if they do not seem to see it
Or give to us our proper terms
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we're the bold gendarmes
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we're the bold gendarmes.
 
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Written and composed by Henry B. Farnie & Jacques Offenbach - 1859
Performed by Felix Bury & Edward Marshall
 
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