The Deserter Song Lyrics

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention Liege & Lief cover art
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As I was a-walking down Radcliffe highway
A recruiting party came a-beating my way
They enlisted me and treated me till I did not know
And to the Queen's barracks they forced me to go

When first I deserted, I thought myself free
Until my cruel comrade informed against me
I was quickly followed after and brought back with speed
I was handcuffed and guarded, heavy irons put on me

Court martial, court martial, they held upon me
And the sentence passed upon me, three hundred and three
May the Lord have mercy on them for their sad cruelty
For now the Queen's duty lies heavy on me

Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Come All Ye
  • 2 Reynardine
  • 3 Matty Groves
  • 4 Farewell, Farewell
  • 5 The Deserter
  • 6 Medley: The Lark in the Morning / Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss the Feathers
  • 7 Tam Lin
  • 8 Crazy Man Michael

  • credits

    album: Track 5 in album Liege & Lief
    release date: 1969-12
    popularity : 169 users have visited this page.
    length: 4:24
    producer: Joe Boyd
    drums: Dave Mattacks
    vocal: Sandy Denny
    engineer: John Wood
    arranger: Fairport Convention
    violin: Dave Swarbrick
    guitars: Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol
    viola: Dave Swarbrick
    bass guitar: Ashley Hutchings
    composer: [unknown]

    Album Information

    label: Island
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin