Who Sang The Recruiting Sergeant? Levellers

Levellers Static on the Airwaves cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2012-6-22
length: 3:50
producer: Sean Lakeman
performer: The Copper Family, Mark Chadwick, Shona Kipling, Dan Walsh and Ben Paley
mixer: Matt Lawrence
violin: Jon Sevink
guitar: Simon Friend
drums (drum set): Charlie Heather
bass guitar: Jeremy Cunningham
writer: [traditional]
arranger: Jon Sevink, Jeremy Cunningham, Simon Friend, Mark Chadwick, Charlie Heather, Matt Savage
Over the mountains
And over the sea
By Hercules transporter
To fight the Afghani
With a rifle in my hand
To set the country free
But it's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

So I've fixed-up the alarm
And broken half way in
When the security guard appears
And busts me on the chin
He kicks me 'round and says
"Do you know the s___ you're in?"
I said "I was on me a___ mate"
Meant no offence to him

I was over the mountains
And over the sea
By Hercules transporter
To fight the Afghani
With a rifle in my hand
To set the country free
But it's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

I know I let you down babe
Trying to make ends meet
When I met this recruiting seargeant
By the courthouse on the street
He said "You're a disgrace boy
and that's a f___ing crime"
Then somebody got the drinks in
And I signed on the dotted line

And I was over the mountains
And over the sea
By Hercules transporter
To fight the Afghani
With a rifle in my hand
To set the country free
But it's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

Now I'm sucking dust in Helmand
Dug in to Lashkar Gar
Where the local weed and opium
Beats any British bar
I know as we lay there dreaming
I'm still in the pay of theives
And I'm rushing back to be with you
Upon this desert breeze

It's blowing over the mountains
And over the sea
By Hercules transporter
To fight the Afghani
With a rifle in my hand
To set the country free
But it's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

Don't follow me to die boys
In b_____ Kandahar
With the eerie glow of tracers
Lighting every wretched scar
Who will say a prayer for me
And cry each year this day?
If you see a recruiting seargeant boys
Run, run away

Run over the mountains
And over the sea
By Hercules transporter
To fight the Afghani
With a rifle in my hand
To set the country free
But it's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

And it's over the mountains
And over the sea
By Hercules transporter
To fight the Afghani
With a rifle in my hand
To set the country free
But it's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

It's your picture in my pocket
That means everything to me

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Static on the Airwaves
  • 2 We Are All Gunmen
  • 3 Truth Is
  • 4 After the Hurricane
  • 5 Our Forgotten Towns
  • 6 No Barriers
  • 7 Alone in This Darkness
  • 8 Raft of the Medusa
  • 9 Mutiny
  • 10 Traveller
  • 11 Second Life
  • 12 The Recruiting Sergeant