Jez Colborne’s song explores his fascination with the pomp and ceremony of war, an experience he’s locked out of because “learning-disabled people don’t go to war”. A collaboration with Mind The Gap.
What an adventure, it's gonna be great
To fight for your country with your mates
We'll have hardships now and then
Come on boys, we're gonna be men.
Goodbye dad and goodbye mum
We'll leave our homes and follow the drum
By Christmas this war will be won.
And we'll be soldiering on.
I’d like the camaraderie
That uniform would look good on me
Sergeant would say "you're looking smart"
I just want to play my part
I’d follow orders to the end
And probably drive him round the bend
As long as he makes me big and strong
I’ll be soldiering on
By the left! Quick march!
Sergeant Major looked at me
He was mean as he could be
Then he whispered in my ear.
“Hop it boy, get out of here.”
Said, “You're not the fighting kind.
We are leaving you behind.
I'm afraid you don't belong.
You won't be soldiering on.”
I've been left without the boys.
They've gone to play with bigger toys.
What I'd give to be with them.
They never will return again.
They marched off into the grave
While I stood by the side to wave
And now that all my friends have gone
I've been left to soldier on.