Gilbert & Sullivan – When The Foe-man Bares His Steel Lyrics

[SARGENT, CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
When the foeman bares his steel
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
We uncomfortable feel
Ta-ran, ta-ran!
And we find the wisest thing
Ta-ran ta-ran, taran-taran!
Is to slap our chest and sing:

[SARGENT & CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
Ta-ran ta-ran!

[SARGENT, CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
For when threatened with emeutes
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
And your heart is in your boots
Ta-ran, ta-ran!
There is nothing brings it round
Like the tumpent’s marshal sound
Like the trumpet’s marshal sound!

[SARGENT & CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Ran, ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!

[MABEL]
Go, ye heroes, go to glory,
Though ye die in combat gory!
Ye shall live in song and story,
Go to immortality!
Go to death and go to slaughter!
Die and ev’ry Cornish daughter,
With her tears your grave shall water,
Go ye heroes, go and die!

[CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Go ye heroes, go and die!
Go ye heroes, go and die!

[SARGENT, CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
Though to us it’s evident
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
These attentions are well meant
Ta-ran ta-ran!
Such expressions don’t appear
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!
Calculated men to cheer
Ta-ran ta-ran!
Who are going to meet their fate
In a highly nervous state!
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran
Ta-ran, ta-ran
Still to us it’s evident
These attentions are well meant
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran
Ta-ran, ta-ran

[EDITH]
Go and do your best endeavor
And before all links we sever
We will say farewell forever,
Go to glory and the grave!

[CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Go to glory and the grave!
For your foes are fierce and ruthless;
False, unmerciful, and ruthless;
Young and tender, old and toothless
All in vain their mercy crave!

[SARGENT]
We observe too great a stress
On the risks that on us press,
And of reference a lack
To a chance of coming back,
Still perhaps it would be wise
Not to carp or criticism
For it’s very evident
These attentions are well meant!

[CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Yes perhaps it would be wise
Not to carp or criticism
For it’s very evident
These attentions are well meant!

[CHORUS OF SOLDIERS]
Yes, it’s very evident,
These attentions are well meant,
Evident,
Yes, will meant,
Evident,
Ah, yes, well meant![SARGENT & CHORUS OF SOLDIERS]

When the foeman
Bears his steel
Ta-ran, ta-ran
Ta-ran, ta-ran
We uncomfort-
able feel,
Ta-ran, ta-ra!
And we find
The wisest thing,
Ta-ran, ta-ra
Ta-ran, ta-ra
Is to slap our
Chests and sing
Ta-ran ta-ra!
For when thre-
tened with
Emeutes
Ta-ra, ta-ra
Ta-ra, tara
And your heart
Is in your boots
Ta-ran ta-ra!
There is nothing
Brings it round
Like the trumpets
Martial sound
Like the trumpets
Martial sound!
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-run, ta-ra,
Ta-run, ta-ra,
Ta -ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ran,
Ra!
Ra!
Ra!
Ra!
Ra!
Ra!
Ra!
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra![EDITH & MABEL]
Go, ye heroes
 
Go to glory!
 
Though ye die
In combat gory!
 
Ye shall live in
 
Song and story,
Go to
immortality!
 
Go to death
 
And go
To slaughter
 
Die and ev’ry
Cornish daughter
With her tears
Your grave
Shall water
 
Go ye heroes
Go and die!
 
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
immortality!
 
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
Immortality!
Tho’ ye die
 
In combat gory
ye shall live
in song
and story;
Go to
immortality![CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Go
 
Ye
He-
roes
Go to
glory
Ye
Shall
Ye
Shall
Live in
Story
Go to
Death
And go
To slaugh-
ter;
Die and
Every
Cornish
Daughter
With her
Tears
Your grave
Shall water!
Go, ye
Heroes
Go and die!
 
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
immortality!
 
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
Immortality!
Tho’ ye die
 
In combat gory
ye shall live
in song
and story;
Go to
immortality!

[FREDERIC & SARGENT & CHORUS OF SOLDIERS]
Away, away!
Yes, yes, we go!
These pirates slay!
Ta-ran ta-ran!
Then do not stay!
Ta-ran ta-ran!
Then why this delay?
All right, we go![SARGENT & SOLDIERS]
Yes, forward on the foe
Yes, forward on the foe[EDITH, MABEL, FREDERIC & GIRLS]
Yes,
forward on the foe

[FREDERIC]
Yes, but you don’t go!

[EDITH, MABEL, CHORUS OF GIRLS, & SARGENT]
They go, they go!
Yes, forward on the foe (yes forward on the foe)

[FREDERIC]
Yes, but you don’t go![EDITH, MABEL, FREDERIC & GIRLS]
At last they go
At last they go
At last they go[SARGENT & SOLDIERS]
We go, we
Go, we go,
We go

[FREDERIC, MABEL, EDITH, SARGENT GIRLS & SOLDIERS]
At last they, really, really go!

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