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The Dashing White Sergeant

Scottish Song By John Burgoyne

The Dashing White Sergeant title comes from the original lyrics, traditionally attributed to the 18th century General, John Burgoyne, set to music by the English composer, Sir Henry Rowley Bishop in 1826.

The song was to be part of one of Bishop's operas, but there is no evidence it was ever incorporated into one. It was adapted into a military march and was the regimental march of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

The dance steps come from the tradition of Swedish circle dancing, that was popular in Victorian Britain.

The better known lyrics, also shown below, were written by the Scottish Composer, Sir Hugh Stevenson Roberton (1874 - 1952) (who also wrote Mairi's Wedding) for the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.


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The Dashing White Sergeant

The Dashing White Sergeant By John Burgoyne

If I had a beau for a soldier who'd go,
Do you think I'd say no? No, no, not I!
For a soldier who'd go, Do you
No, no, no, no, no, no, not I!
When his red coat I saw,
Not a sigh would it draw,
But I'd give him eclat for his bravery!
If an army of Amazons ere came in play,
As a dashing white sergeant I'd march away.

Chorus
A dashing white sergeant I'd march away, march away, march away, march away.
March away, march away, march away, march away, march away, march away.


The Dashing White Sergeant - The Better Known Lyrics By Sir Hugh Roberton

Now the fiddler's ready, let us all begin
So step it out and step it in
To the merry music of the violin
We'll dance the hours away.
(Repeat first 4 lines, then):
Katie and Peggy and Patsy and Paul,
Callum and Peter and Flora and Moll,
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance away the hours together!
Dance till dawn be in the sky,
What care you and what care I?
Hearts a-beating, spirits high,
We're gonna dance, dance, dance!

The Dashing White Sergeant Song Video

The Dashing White Sergeant Song - Information Video
Dashing White Sergeant Music Score Image
The Dashing White Sergeant - Music Score


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