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Fife and drum at Fort Napoleon #2 - Brighton Camp/The Girl I Left Behind Me

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Published on Oct 12, 2009

A popular folksong that is also a famous march, played usually when e company/regiment/... left or returned to barracks, encampment, hometown, ...

The following are lyrics dating back to circa 1790. There are however different versions that have been sung throughout the history of the song.
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I'm lonesome since I crossed the hill,
And o'er the moor and valley.
Such grievous thoughts my heart do fill,
Since parting with my Sally.
I seek no more the fine nor gay,
For each does but remind me,
How swift the hours did pass away,
With the girl I left behind me.

Oh, ne'er shall I forget the night,
The stars were bright above me,
And gently lent their silvery light,
When first she vowed to love me.
But now I'm bound for Brighton Camp,
Kind Heaven, then, pray guide me,
And send me safely back again,
To the girl I left behind me.

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