Over the Hills and Far Away

This is based on a British Army recruiting song dating from the time of Marlborough's wars in the Low Countries. There are numerous verses to it, though it is rare for all to be sung - a singer generally picks his favourites. The song has enjoyed a renewed popularity through the singing of John Tams, who performs a slightly modifed Napoleonic version as the theme music for the Sharpe TV series. Download a 1kb MIDI file of the melody here.

Over The Hills Score (95kb)

Come Thardic men that have a mind,
To serve a Senate good and kind,
Come 'list and enter in to pay,
And come over the hills and far away.

O'er the hills and o'er the plains
In Rethem, Athul and Kanday,
Generals command and we obey
Over the hills and far away.

There's food and clothing on the drum
For him that with us freely comes
A penny's wages every day,
Over the hills and far away.

Chorus

And we will have more happy lives,
Free of squalling brats and wives
Who nag and vex us every day,
So it's over the hills and far away.

Chorus

Apprentice Tom may well refuse
To wipe his angry master's shoes,
For now he's free to run and play
Over the hills and far away.

Chorus

No more from sound of drum retreat,
When Jithias and General Kronas beat
Rethem and Kanday every day
Over the hills and far away.

Chorus

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