Barrack-Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling

By Rudyard Kipling

First amassed in 1892, Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads relive the reviews of infantrymen despatched world wide to guard the Empire-all for little pay and no more appreciation. a right away good fortune, they have been not like whatever the general public had noticeable ahead of.

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I shan’t forgit the night When I dropped be’ind the fight With a bullet where my belt-plate should ’a’ been. I was chokin’ mad with thirst, An’ the man that spied me first Was our good old grinnin’, gruntin’ Gunga Din. 27 Harry By British army slang equivalent to ‘‘oh, brother’’ 32 juldee speed 33 marrow hit 41 mussick (musick) goatskin water bag (made from goat because pigskin would offend Muslims and cow’s leather Hindus) 21 30 35 40 45 50 55 BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS ’E lifted up my ’ead, An’ ’e plugged me where I bled, An’ ’e guv me ’arf-a-pint o’ water-green: It was crawlin’ and it stunk, But of all the drinks I’ve drunk, I’m gratefullest to one from Gunga Din.

Soldier, Soldier A traditional ballad on the theme of women awaiting news of their men fighting abroad. A trifle sentimental, it nevertheless captures the heartbreak and regular losses experienced by those left behind. ’’ New love! True love! Best go look for a new love, The dead they cannot rise, an’ you’d better dry your eyes, An’ you’d best go look for a new love. ’’ True love! New love! Best take ’im for a new love, The dead they cannot rise, an’ you’d better dry your eyes, An’ you’d best take ’im for your true love.

Sick ’im, puppy! Loo! loo! Lulu! Loot! loot! loot! —First published in The Scots Observer (29 March 1890) 45 sling your ’ook move off, decamp, probably because soldiers used to carry their baggage on a hook on the end of a stick 62 fff fortississimo or as loud as possible 28 45 50 55 60 ‘‘Snarleyow’’° The incident in this ballad took place during the First Sikh War at the battle of Ferozeshah on 21 December 1845. It is described in Sergeant N. W. Bancroft’s memoir From Recruit to Staff Sergeant, a book published in 1885 and reviewed by Kipling while he was in India.

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