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British Grenadiers

British Marching Song

British Grenadiers is a 17th century marching song played by the British military during the annual ceremony of Trooping the Colors. The grenadiers were held in high esteem in the 17th century and were believed to be composed of the bravest and fiercest fighters.

To this day the Grenadier Guard still holds a position of prominence in the British Army. Each year the Grenadiers salute the Royal Family in commemoration of the Queen's birthday as they march to the tune of British Grenadiers.


Some talk of Alexander,
And some of Hercules,
Of Hector and Lysander,
And such great names as these.
But of all the world's great heroes,
There's none that can compare,
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row,
To the British Grenadiers.

Whene'er we are commanded,
To storm the palisades,
Our leaders march with fusees,
And we with hand grenades.
We throw them from the glacis,
About the enemies' ears.
Sing tow, row, row, row, row, row,
The British Grenadiers.

Then let us fill a bumper,
And drink a health to those,
Who carry caps and pouches,
And wear the louped clothes.
May they and their commanders,
Live happy all their years,
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row,
For the British Grenadiers.

Sheet music to British Grenadier

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