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Famous War Poemshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg700EF7NB6FFx2nXJ4lzurWn6vG8wiqg
English Poetry Playlist herehttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3820309D7FE2EBD2
William Shakespeare Sonnets https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0815F9D1255F14F0
Robert Browning Poetry https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg700EF7NB6HZoNgLETnSLjN07xOEsVRR
William Wordsworth Poetry https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB3FEB3BB8185307E
Alfred, Lord Tennyson  Poetry https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA66B33D647FE39F7
Lewis Carroll https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCA8FE8A7C3B73E9A
Oscar Wilde Poetry https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL799319E6D9B99769
Rudyard Kipling https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6FF29102EAEBA4E2
Robert Burns https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA230E795188C7F7D
John Keats poetry https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL65A03A3A9BA0B915
Thomas Hardy Poetry and Stories https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF49A6C2ADCCE3976

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'Tommy' by Rudyard Kipling

all from rnaudioproductions for http://www.ipodity.com/
http://www.allcast.co.uk/

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

recorded at AudioProductions london 2000
studio production Robert Nichol
all rights reserved 

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