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''THE REG'LAR ARMY MAN'' (from the inbox)

He ain't no gold-laced ''Belvidere,''
Ter sparkle in the sun;
He do'n't parade with gay cockade,
And posies in his gun;
He ain't no ''pretty soldier boy,''
So lovely, ***** and span,--
He wears a crust of tan and dust,
The Reg'lar Army man;
The marchin', parchin',
Pipe-clay starchin',
Reg'lar Army man.

He ain't at home in Sunday-school,
Nor yet a social tea,
And on the day he gets his pay
He's apt to spend it free;
He ain't no temp'rance advocate,
He likes ter fill the ''can,''
He's kind er rough, and maybe, tough,
The Reg'lar Army man;
The r'arin', tearin',
Sometimes swearin',
Reg'lar Army man.

No State'll call him ''noble son,''
He ain't no ladies' pet,
But, let a row start anyhow,
They'll send for him, you bet!
He ''do'n't cut any ice'' at all
In Fash'n's social plan,--
He gits the job ter face a mob,
The Reg'lar Army man;
The millin', drilling
Made fer killin',
Reg'lar Army man.

They ain't no tears shed over him
When he goes off ter war,
He gits no speech nor prayerful ''preach''
From mayor or governor;
He packs his little knapsack up
And trots off in the van,
Ter start the fight and start it right,
The Reg'lar Army man;
The rattlin', battlin',
Colt or Gatlin',
Reg'lar Army man.

He makes no fuss about the job,
He do'n't talk big or brave,--
He knows he's in ter fight and win,
Or help fill up a grave;
He ain't no ''Mama's darlin','' but
He does the best he can,
And he's the chap that wins the scrap,
The Reg'lar Army man;
The dandy, handy,
Cool and sandy,
Reg'lar Army man.

from the "Pipe-clay starchin'," reference, this must date back quite some time, but still holds true i reckon....


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