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Traditional
  1. I was brought up in Yorkshire and when I was sixteen,
    I ran away from borne, my boys, and a soldier I became,
    With my fine cap and feathers, likewise my rattling drum,
    They learned me to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum.
    With her fine cap and feathers, likewise her rattling drum,
    They learned her to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum,
    With her gentle waist so slender, her fingers long and small,
    She could play upon the rub-a-dub the best of them all.
  2. I went to be a soldier, in doublet all of blue,
    And when they gave to me a drum, I was a drummer too,
    To rush into the battle with a broadsword in my hand,
    To hear the cannon rattle and the music sound so grand.
    With her fine cap and feathers, likewise her rattling drum,
    They learned her to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum,
    With her gentle waist so slender, her fingers long and small,
    She could play upon the rub-a-dub the best of them all.
  3. It's many the pranks I saw while fighting the King's men,
    And proudly I did march, my boys, although I'm but a wench,
    And buttoning up my breeches how often have I smiled,
    To think I lay with a thousand men and a maiden all the while.
    With her fine cap and feathers, likewise her rattling drum,
    They learned her to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum,
    With her gentle waist so slender, her fingers long and small,
    She could play upon the rub-a-dub the best of them all.
  4. They sent me up to London, to be sentry at the Tower,
    And my secret might be safe until this very day and hour,
    But a lady fell in love with me and she found out I was a maid,
    She went straightway to my officer and my secret she betrayed.
    With her fine cap and feathers, likewise her rattling drum,
    They learned her to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum,
    With her gentle waist so slender, her fingers long and small,
    She could play upon the rub-a-dub the best of them all.
  5. He unbuttoned my blue doublet and he found that it was true,
    "It's a shame," he says, "to lose a pretty drummer-boy like you,
    So now I must return to my family at home,
    And along with my bold comrades no longer can I roam.
    With her fine cap and feathers, likewise her rattling drum,
    They learned her to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum,
    With her gentle waist so slender, her fingers long and small,
    She could play upon the rub-a-dub the best of them all.
  6. So fare you well my officers, you have been kind to me,
    And fare you well my comrades, you ne'er forgot shall be,
    Should Parliament and Waller, have need of me again,
    I'll don my cap and feathers, and I'll beat the drum again.
    With her fine cap and feathers, likewise her rattling drum,
    They learned her to play upon the rub-a-dub-a-dum,
    With her gentle waist so slender, her fingers long and small,
    She could play upon the rub-a-dub the best of them all.

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah