THE SOLDIERS OF THE QUEEN
 
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Britons once did loyalty declaim
About the way we ruled the waves
Every Briton's song was just the same
When singing of our soldier-braves
All the world had heard it - wondered why we sang
And some have learned the reason why
But we're forgetting it, and we're letting it
Fade away and gradually die
Fade away and gradually die
So when we say that England's master
Remember who has made her so.

Chorus: It's the soldiers of the Queen, my lads
Who've been my lads, who've been my lads
In the fight for England's glory, lads
When we have to show them what we mean
And when we say we've always won
And when they ask us how it's done
We'll proudly point to every one
Of England's soldiers of the Queen.


War clouds gather over every land
Our flag is threatened east and west
Nations that we've shaken by the hand
Our bold resources try to test
They thought they found us sleeping - thought us unprepared
Because we have our party wars
But Englishmen unite when they're called upon to fight
The battle for Old England's common cause
The battle for Old England's common cause
So when we say that England's master
Remember who has made her so.

Chorus:

Now we're roused we've buckled on our swords
We've done with diplomatic lingo
We'll do deeds to follow on our words
We'll show them something more than 'jingo'
And though Old England’s laws do not her sons compel
To military duties do
We'll play them at their game - and show them all the same
An Englishman can be a soldier too
An Englishman can be a soldier too
So when we say that England's master
Remember who has made her so.
 
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Written and composed by Leslie Stuart
Performed by C. Hayden Coffin (1862-1935)
 
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