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Traditional - found in a broadside entitled 'Harmonist' probably dated 1860 - 1880
  1. In going for a soldier, Jenny,
    Going o'er the rolling sea,
    They've given me a golden guinea,
    That they say has listed me.
    And I'm off to fight for the army
    As a Lancashire fusilier
    Holding me musket in me arms
    Instead of me Jenny dear
  2. 'Tis no use to fall a crying,
    Give your senseless weeping o'er,
    Many a day you have heard me sighing
    You should have been kind before.
    And I'm off to fight for the army
    As a Lancashire fusilier
    Holding me musket in me arms
    Instead of me Jenny dear
  3. 'Tis very fine and pretty, Jenny,
    Now to wish that I should stay,
    But, indeed, I'm thinking, Jenny,
    We'll not meet this many a day.
    And I'm off to fight for the army
    As a Lancashire fusilier
    Holding me musket in me arms
    Instead of me Jenny dear
  4. What if heart and spirit sinking ?
    What if I should come to shame?
    Be it as it may, I'm thinking,
    You alone will be to blame.
    And I'm off to fight for the army
    As a Lancashire fusilier
    Holding me musket in me arms
    Instead of me Jenny dear
  5. Long and dearly I have loved you,
    As you must full well have known,
    If I had not faithless proved you,
    I had never reckless grown:
    And I'm off to fight for the army
    As a Lancashire fusilier
    Holding me musket in me arms
    Instead of me Jenny dear
  6. But, fare you well, the hours are flying
    Time it is that I was gone, trying,
    When next another heart you are
    Jenny, look unto your own.
    And I'm off to fight for the army
    As a Lancashire fusilier
    Holding me musket in me arms
    Instead of me Jenny dear