THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR’S LAMENT

 

Perhaps you wonder who I am, I will explain to you

My conscience is the only thing that helps to pull me through

Objection is a thing that I have studied thoroughly

I don’t object to fighting huns but hate them fighting me

Non combatant battalions are fairly in my line

The Sergeant seemed to hate me for he calls me ‘baby mine’

But I got so cross with him and rose to the attack

But when he called me ‘Ethel’ I called him ‘Beatrice’ back.

Chorus: Send out the army and the navy

Send out the rank and file

Send out the brave old territorials

They’ll face danger with a smile

Send are the boys of the old brigade

Who made old England free?

Send out my brother, my sister and my mother,

But God’s sake don’t send me.

We have a nasty officer, he is a horrid brute

For he was so terse with me ’cause I did not salute

But I cut him twice today and then he asked the reason, see

 

Chorus:

Send out the army and the navy

Send out the rank and file

Send out the brave old territorials

They’ll face danger with a smile

Send are the boys of the old brigade

Who made old England free?

Send out my brother, my sister and my mother,

But God’s sake don’t send me.

 

Accompaniment mp3 below:

 

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PDF of the music for voice, piano and mixed four part ensemble click here.

 

Written by Davy Burnaby & Gitz Rice – 1917

Performed by Alfred Lester (1872-1925)