The Rambling Soldier

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The painting of The Recruiting Sergeant (The King’s Shilling) is attributed to Henry Nelson O’Neil (1817-1880). The song was popular in Victorian times in two versions – sailor and soldier – and frequently reprinted by the song and ballad press all over the country. This version, recorded when I had an unexpectedly useful sore throat, is from my album ‘Seven Dials’.

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