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First Line: What are the bugles blowin' for?' said files-on-parade
Last Line: After hangin' danny deever in the mornin'.
Variant Title(s): Files-on-parade
Subject(s): Army Life; Bugles; Capital Punishment; Military Justice; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Soldiers; War; Drills & Minor Tactics; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Courts Martial

"WHAT are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-
"To turn you out, to turn you out," the Color-
Sergeant said.
"What makes you look so white, so white?" said
"I'm dreadin' what I 're got to watch," the Color-
Sergeant said.
For they're hangin' Danny Deever, you can
hear the Dead March play,
The regiment 's in 'ollow square -- they're
hangin' him to-day;
They're taken of his buttons off an' cut his
stripes away,
An' they're hangin' Danny Deever in the

"What makes the rear-rank breathe so 'ard?"
said Files-on-Parade.
"It 's bitter cold, it's bitter cold," the Color Ser-
geant said.
"What makes that front-rank man fall down?"
says Files-on-Parade.
" A touch o' sun, a touch o' sun," the Color-Ser-
geant said.
They are hangin' Danny Deever, they are
marchin' of 'im round,
They 'ave 'alted Danny Deever by 'is coffin
on the ground;
An' 'e 'll swing in 'arf a minute for a sneak-
in' shootin' hound --
O they're hangin' Danny Deever in the

"'Is cot was right-'and cot to mine," said Files-on-
"'E's sleepin' out an' far to-night," the Color-
Sergeant said.
"I 're drunk 'is beer a score o' times," said Files-
"'E's drinkin' bitter beer alone," the Color-Ser-
geant said.
They are hangin' Danny Deever, you must
mark 'im to 'is place,
For 'e shot a comrade sleepin' -- you must
look 'im in the face;
Nine 'undred of 'is county an' the regiment's
While they're hangin' Danny Deever in the

"What 's that so black agin the sun ?" said Files
"I t's Danny fightin' 'ard for life," the Color-Ser-
geant said.
"What's that that whimpers over'ead?" said
"It 's Danny's soul that 's passin' now," the Color-
Sergeant said.
For they 're done with Danny Deever, you
can 'ear the quickstep play,
The regiment 's in column, an' they're
marchin' us away;
Ho! the young recruits are shakin', an'
they 'll want their beer to-day,
After hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.

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