The Soldiering Life Lyrics

The Decemberists


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Colin Meloy
album: Track 4 in album Her Majesty the Decemberists
release date: 2003-9-9
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length: 5:05
composer: Colin Meloy
lyricist: Colin Meloy

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Ambling madly all over the town
The call to arms, you're likened to a whisper
I liken to a radio
You were a brick bag a bowery tough, so rough
They called you from a cartoon
Pulled out of your pantaloons

But You
My brother in arms
I'd rather I'd lose my limbs
Than let you come to harm

But You
My bombazine doll
The bullets may singe your skin
And the mortars may fall

But I
I never felt so much life
Than tonight
Huddled in the trenches
Gazing on the battle field
Our rifles blaze away
We blaze away

Corporal Bradley of regiment five
And proud array standing by the bathing
Soldiers and the stevedores
We laid on the mattress and tumbled to sleep
Our eyes align, swaddled in our civies
Cradled in our dungarees

But You
My brother in arms
I'd rather I'd lose my limbs
Than let you come to harm

But You
My bombazine doll
The bullets may singe your skin
And the mortars may fall

But I
I never felt so much life
Than tonight
Huddled in the trenches
Gazing on the battle field
Our rifles blaze away
We blaze away
We blaze away
We blaze away

Track Listing

  • 1 Shanty for the Arethusa
  • 2 Billy Liar
  • 3 Los Angeles, I'm Yours
  • 4 The Gymnast, High Above the Ground
  • 5 The Bachelor and the Bride
  • 6 Song for Myla Goldberg
  • 7 The Soldiering Life
  • 8 Red Right Ankle
  • 9 The Chimbley Sweep
  • 10 I Was Meant for the Stage
  • 11 As I Rise