the song
title : Mary and the soldier
written by : trad, arr. Eddi Reader, John McCusker, Boo Hewerdine and Ian Carr
song copyright : none
source recording : Eddi learned this song from the recording by Planxty members Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, released on their 1976 duo album entitled (logically) Andy Irvine/Paul Brady

the performance
Eddi Reader lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar
with :
Ian Carr acoustic guitar
Roy Dodds percussion
John McCusker cittern
Michael McGoldrick flute, pipes
Ewen Vernal double bass
and guest :
Andy Cutting accordion
key : C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 148
form : V V V V v Vx

provided for research and private study only:

Mary and the soldier

come all ye lads of high renown
that will hear of a fair young maiden
for she went out on a summer’s day
to view the soldiers parading
and they marched so bold and they looked so gay
their colours a-flying and the band did play
it caused young Mary for to say:
“I’ll wed you me gallant soldier”

ah, Mary viewed the soldiers there
as they stood at their leisure
and Mary to herself did say:
“at last I’ve found me treasure
but oh, how cruel me parents must be
to banish me darling so far from me
I’ll leave them all and I’ll go with thee
me bold undaunted soldier”

“ah, Mary dear your parents love
I pray don’t be unruly
for when you’re in a foreign land
believe me you’ll rue it surely
perhaps in battle I might fall
from a shot from an angry cannon ball
and you so far from your daddy’s hall
be advised by your gallant soldier”

“I have fifty guineas in bright gold
likewise a heart that’s bolder
but I’ll leave them all and I’ll go with you
me bold undaunting soldier
so don’t say no one let me go
and I will face the daring foe
we’ll march together to and fro
and I’ll wed you me gallant soldier”

– fiddle and pipes with tune

and when he saw her loyalty
and Mary’s so true hearted
he said: “me darling married we’ll be
and nothing but death will part us
and when we’re in a foreign land
I’ll guard you darling with my right hand
I’m hopes that god will stand a friend
to Mary and her gallant soldier”

yeah yeah yeah

the recording
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire, 2006;
possible additional recording at PawPaw Productions and Park Lane Studios, Glasgow;
additional engineering by Paul McGeechan and Keith Bird (at Park Lane?), Iain Graham (at PawPaw?) and Joe Rusby (at Pure?)
mixed by : Andy Seward assisted by John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire?
mastered by : Calum Malcolm in ?
signal path : DDD
track timing : 3:36
song timing : 3:31
released on
album : Peacetime track 3