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The Warlike Lads Of Russia (Tickle Harbour) video
#757: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2009
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When Napoleon Bonaparte to Moscow he went,
With all his troops and all his men, his mind was heavy bent;
To take that Russian country now they were full employed,
But the Russians fought against them and they soon did them destroy.

It's in a little while the Russians did attack,
'Gainst Bonaparte and all his men, they fought them and they drove them back;
The action being so hot, left and right and front and rear,
Oh, damn youse all, says Bonaparte, I'll stay no longer here.

Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind;
Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind.

Away then went poor Bonaparte as fast as he could run,
The poor Frenchmen looked after him, he left horses, cannon, guns;
His boxes and his matches, ammunition guns until,
He left them all behind him, well, what could poor Boney do?

Then away then went poor Bonaparte as fast as he could ride,
The poor Frenchmen looked after him saying, oh it's very hard;
To think he'd take us all out here and leave us to our fate,
You'd think he'd ride along with us and help us in our state.

Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind;
Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind.

Here's twenty thousand men that they have killed and they have taken,
Likewise, ten thousand horses and two hundred bits of cannon;
No more to Paris, Leon or French Flanders I'll advance,
For if I do, you're sure to know they'll teach me how to dance.

Well, it's now to conclude to finish off me song,
Those poor French men in Russia wish, well, they wish they had a hold of him;
The cruelest death they'd put him to e'er a man befall,
Oh, damn youse all, says Bonaparte, I'm clear of you all.

Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind;
Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind.

Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind;
Those warlike lads of Russia, they fought all in one mind,
Made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British Broadside Ballad, Bonaparte's Escape From Russia. A New Song published by Angus (London) sometime between 1813 and 1825, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25(246). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad published by John Harkness [1806-1888] of Preston, Lancashire, UK ....####
During the last half of 1812, the Grand Armeé of Napolean Bonaparte (Napoleon I, Emperor of the French) [1769-1821] invaded Russia and was defeated.

British folk singer and guitarist, Nicolas (Nic) Paul Jones [b.1947] put a tune to this broadside (Folksound FS-100, 1974, recorded on Unearthed - Nic Jones, Mollie Music, 2001).

The video above features this variant by Tickle Harbour with lead vocalist Fergus O'Byrne (Battery Included, trk#7, 1998, produced by Don Walsh, SingSong, Inc, St John's, NL. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved.)

The variant in the video below was recorded by the Navigators (Dance And Sing, trk#1, 2002, produced by the Navigators and Spencer Crewe, Trademark Distribution, St John's, NL. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved.) The lip-syncing performers in the video are Mysery and Poverty just fooling around as they do so well.


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