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No. 19 - Act III Introduction and Song - Capt. Sheridan

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Capt. Sheridan: Rising when the dawn is grey,
Rousing ev'ry soldier who is napping.
Chasing ev'ry dream away
With the merry message of his tapping, tapping.
Happy is the drummer boy,
While he beats so sturdily and proudly;
Now ye warriors arise,
It is time to open eyes,
For the reveillé is ringing loudly.
Onward all!
Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan.
Chorus: Rataplan!
Capt. Sheridan: Drum with zest, my boys!
Beat your best, my boys! Onward all!
Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan.
Chorus: Rataplan!
Capt. Sheridan: When you hear the drummer's tap,
Bid adieu to morning nap,
When you hear the reveillé.
Chorus: Rataplan, plan! Onward all!
Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan.
Men: Rataplan, plan!
All: Drum with zest, my boys!
Beat your best, my boys,
Come, soldiers, rise;
Men: Rataplan!
All: Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan!
Capt. Sheridan: All the lazy soldiers hate
To listen to the reveillé.
   
Capt. Sheridan: Trumpets have a ring I love,
Many to the merry pipe are partial,
But the drum I place above
Ev'ry sort of music that is grand and martial.
Still of the inspiring sound,
Never I appreciate the beauty,
When at dawning of the day
Comes the ringing reveillé
That calls me to a soldier's duty.
Onward all!
Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan.
Chorus: Rataplan!
Capt. Sheridan: Drum with zest, my boys!
Beat your best, my boys! Onward all!
Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan.
Chorus: Rataplan!
Capt. Sheridan: When you hear the drummer's tap,
Bid adieu to morning nap,
When you hear the reveillé.
Chorus: Rataplan, plan! Onward all!
Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan.
Men: Rataplan, plan!
All: Drum with zest, my boys!
Beat your best, my boys,
Come, soldiers, rise;
Men: Rataplan!
All: Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan!
Capt. Sheridan: All the lazy soldiers hate
To listen to the reveillé.
With a rousing rataplan,
All: Plan, plan!

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