The Female Drummer
Date 1956
Track ID 20185
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1956.123.A5

Original Tape ID

SA1956.123

Summary

A song in which a young girl runs away from home to become a soldier. She ends up in London, where she is taught to play the marching drum.

Although she pretends to be a young man, she is so beautiful that another girl falls in love with her. When the soldier maid reveals that she herself is a woman, she is betrayed to the officers. They are kind, however, and are genuinely sad to lose such a good drummer.

She is cashiered from the army, but given pensions from both the king and the queen. She is told that if she ever gets married and has a son, she should send him to learn to play the drum.

Item Notes

Four verses with choruses. The chorus between verses two and three is missing.

Very similar to version A in Greig Duncan vol. 1, song 182. See 'Tocher' 43 (1991) for a transcription.

Recording Location

County - Perthshire

Parish - Blairgowrie

Village - Berryfields, Blairgowrie

Language

English

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R226; GD182;