OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY



The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

The lyric first published in Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy (1706)

Referencing:
  • The War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714)
  • Queen Anne (1665-1714), r. 1702–1707, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, et cetera, and the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging; r. 1707-1714, by the Grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, et cetera, and the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging.
  • John Churchill (1650-1722), 1st Duke of Marlborough, Prince of Mindelheim, Prince of Mellenburg, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Privy Councilor, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces (1690-1691), Master-General of the Ordnance (1702-1712).
  • Henri de Massue (1648-1720), 2nd Marquis de Ruvigny, Earl of Galway and Privy Councilor (1697-1720).



Martyn Wyndham-Read

Hark now the drums beat up again
For all true soldier gentlemen,
Then let us list and march, I say,
Over the hills and far away.

Over the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
Queen Anne commands and we'll obey,
Over the hills and far away.

All gentlemen that have a mind,
To serve the queen that's good and kind,
Come list and enter into pay,
Then over the hills and far away.

Over the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
Queen Anne commands and we'll obey,
Over the hills and far away.

No more from sound of drum retreat,
While Marlborough and Galway beat
The French and Spaniards every day,
When over the hills and far away.

Over the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
Queen Anne commands and we'll obey,
Over the hills and far away.



Adapted for:
  • The Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815)
  • King George III (1738-1820), r. 1760-1801, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain and France, King of Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Archtreasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; r. 1760-1814, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg; r. 1801-1820, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, Arch-treasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; r. 1814-1820, King of Hanover.



John Tam

Here's forty shillings on the drum
For those who'll volunteer to come
To list and fight the foe today
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

When duty calls me I must go
To stand and face another foe
Parted we will always stray
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

Through smoke and fire and shot and shell
Unto the very walls of hell
We shall stand and we shall stay
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

Now though I travel far from Spain
A part of me shall still remain
For you are with me night and day
*And* over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

When evil stalks upon the land
I'll nyther hold nor stay me' hand
But fight to win a better day
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

If I should fall to rise no more
As many comrades did before
Then ask the fifes and drums to play
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

Let Kings and tyrants come and go
I'll stand ajudged by what I know
A soldier's life I'll ne'er gainsay
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

So fall in lads behind the drum
With Colours blazing like the sun
Along the road to come-what-may
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

Post a comment

Private comment

Comment is pending approval.

Comment is pending administrator's approval.
Profile

卍心の智

Author:卍心の智

Search form
Latest Journals
Latest comments
Monthly archive
Friend Request Form

Want to be friends with this user.

Link