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When the Hollow Drum, song lyrics

Song: When the Hollow Drum
Lyrics: unconfirmed

Music:
Year: 1797
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA


"In the Mountaineers" (the performers)(3)

When the hollow Drum has beat to bed
When the little Fifer hangs his head
Still and mute the moorish Flute,
And nodding Guards watch wearily,
And nodding Guards watch wearily,

Then will we, from Prison free,
March out by moonlight cheerily
Then will we, from Prison free,
March out by moonlight cherily
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When the moorish cymbals clash by day
When the brazen Trupets shrilly bray
The slave in vain may then complain,
of Tyrany and knavery.

Tyrany and knaver, wou'd he know his time to go,
And slily slip from slavery
Wou'd he know, his time to go,
And slily slip from slavery.
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'Tis when the hollow drum has beat to bed
And the little Fifer hangs his head
Still mute and moorish Flute,
And nodding guards watch wearily
Still and mute, the moorish Flute,
And nodding Guards watch wearily, Oh.

Then must he from Prison free,
march out by moonlight cherily,
Oh, then must he from Prison free
march out by moonlight cheerily.

'Tis when the hollow drum has beat to bed
And the little Fifer hangs his head
Still and mute the moorish Flute,
And nodding guards watch wearily.
And nodding guards watch wearily.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music "Printed and sold by Carr at his Repository's Philadelphia & New York, & by I:Carr Baltimore, Price 5C!" This would be Benjamin Carr (1760-1831).

2 - History of Printing in Maryland, 1791-1800, lists the author as George Colman (1762 - 1836) and published in Baltimore by J Carr 1797.

3 - Georgian Songs collection. – 1714-1830, Box 1A lists items 36 and 37, both state "Sung by Mrs. Bland in the Mountaineers."

4 - And Austen Music Online, lists "Arnold, Samuel James 1740 - 1802" as the composer.