When the Guards are on Parade Sheet Music

It has been a while since we looked at a piece of sheet music on the blog, tonight we have a splendid example from the 1930s though. This piece of music called ‘When the Guards are on Parade’ has lyrics by Leslie Sarony and music by Horatio Nicholls:SKM_C284e18061915100The front cover has some truly splendid artwork with a parade of guardsman, officer on horseback and a crowd of excited civilians watching on. Inside is the music itself, and a copyright date of 1931 which helpfully dates this piece:SKM_C284e18061915101The lyrics for this piece of music read:

There’s a lilting thrum of the rolling drum,

As it echoes thro’ the air,

There’s a blaze of red,

With an even tread,

And an instrumental blare,

There’s a flash and a glint of steel,

As orders are obeyed,

When the Guards are on parade

When the Guards are on parade,

In their uniforms arrayed,

“What the Blankerty Blank”

says the sergeant

“Do you think you’re in?

It’s not the Boy’s Brigade.”

When the Guards are on parade.

And the band is being played,

 

The bayonets are flashing,

The Sergeant’s teeth are gnashing,

When the Guards are on parade.

 

The sergeant, he curses,

And frightens all the nurses,

When the Guards are on parade.

 

Their Chests out are sticking,

You hear their eyes all clicking,

When the Guards are on parade.

 

When the major starts shouting,

His tonsils get an outing

When the guards are on parade.

 

The girls with their fair skins,

Love to see their bearskins

When the guards are on parade.

 

“Left! Left!”

Hark to the tramp of the feet

List’ to the beating of the drum;

Look! Look! Look at the crowd in the street,

Waving and Shouting

Here they Come

“Guards halt!” Never a one with a fault,

See how they stand,

As stiff as starch,

“Parade, Shun! Slope Arms!

By the right quick march.”

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