DUmbarton’s Drums beat bonny – O,
When thy mind me of my dear Jonny – O,
How happy am I,
When my soldier is by,
While he kisses and blesses his Annie – O!
‘Tis a soldier alone can delight me – O,
For his graceful looks do invite me – O:
While guarded in his arms,
I’ll fear no wars alarms,
Neither danger nor death shall e’er fright me – O.
My love is a handsome laddie – O,
Genteel, but ne’er foppish nor gaudy – O:
Tho’ commissions are dear,
Yet I’ll buy him one this year;
For he shall serve no longer a cadie – O.
A soldier has honour and bravery – O,
Unacquainted with rogues and their knavery – O:
He minds no other thing
But the ladies or the king;
For every other care is but slavery – O.
Then I’ll be the captain’s lady – O
Farewell all my friends and my daddy – O,
I’ll wait no more at home,
But I’ll follow with the drum,
And when e’er that beats, I’ll be ready – O.
Dumbarton’s drums found bonny – O,
They are sprightly like my dear Jonny – O:
How happy shall I be,
When on my soldier’s knee,
And he kisses and blesses his Annie – O!