Wheeler, G. D. and Watson, R. P., Sheet music, 1914

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Description: 
Title: "Call Us And We’ll Soon Be There" Time Signature: C Key: Bb Notations: Marziale
Case Study: 
“Boys from Canada”: The Songs of the First World War
Creator: 
Wheeler, G. D. and Watson, R. P.
Source: 
sheet music
Date: 
1914
Place: London
Publisher: 
Francis, Day & Hunter
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

Identifier: 
WWI, 63
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

Verse 1: When e’er there be across the sea A cry of war’s alarms, To right a wrong, a nation strong Must call her sons to arms; Then standing by with watchful eye, Dear Motherland, may be That you must go to strike a blow For life, and liberty. If you are in danger, Motherland, Needing fighting men, Give your wandr’ing children your command, And they’ll come home again.
Chorus: Call us and we’ll soon be there. Tell us and we’ll do and dare. When there’s any fighting to be done, Tell us and we’ll do out share. Tho’ we may be far away, Scatter’d almost ev’rywhere, When you are in trouble Motherland, Call us, and we’ll soon be there.
Verse 2: No tyrant arm shall e’er alarm, The men Australia breeds; New Zealand too will stand by you, And no in words, but deeds. Canadians loyal will leave their toil ‘Mid waving cornfields broad, Prepared to reap in trenches deep The harvest of the sword. Then a voice comes form the Em’rald Isle – ‘North and South we vow We’ve no parties in our rank and file, We’re only Irish now!’
Verse 3 – If we pretend to be a friend To you in peaceful times, Then disappear when foes are near, ‘Twould be the worst of crimes! Our word, our bond! We must respond, And help you in the fray. Your fight is ours against the pow’rs Who challenge you today. If we have to make a sacrifice, When the day arrives, Gladly we will pay the awful price, Yes, pay it with our lives.