Canadian Fencibles

canadian_fenciblesThere’s forty shillings on the drum
For those who volunteer to come,
To ‘list and fight the foe today
Over the Hills and far away

O’er the hills and o’er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
O’er the hills and far away

When duty calls me I must go
To stand and face another foe
But part of me will always stray
Over the hills and far away

Over the Hills and Far Away.  English traditional.  George Farquhar [1706] adapted by John Tams [1993].

Image: Sergeant and corporal of the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry.  Front Street at Bathurst Avenue.

Goth or Not Update: Nightwish provides a respectable facelift to an old 1987 Gary Moore tune of the same title.  Moore’s song isn’t about soldiers of the Empire, but the Nightwish cover does have a certain elegance of its own.

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