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No. 23 - Grand Chorus and March

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Chorus: Here they come in glittering glory,
Bound to battle grim and gory,
Marching on in soldierly manner,
Lance and dart and sword and banner!
Men acclaim them, ladies adore them,
Throwing fans and flow'rs before them.
Raise the shout, roll it out,
For our brave Toreros!
Men: Picadors serene and steady,
Meet the bull with knightly lance!
Chulos shun his charges heady,
Teasing him with mocking dance!
Banderilleros are daring,
Prick him with the ribbon'd dart!
Matadors, the rapier bearing,
Strike him through the savage heart!
All: O-la! A welcome, a welcome to gallant Toreros!
Viva! Viva! Viva!
On they go, in glittering glory,
Bound to battle grim and gory,
Marching past in soldierly manner,
Lance and dart and sword and banner!
Men acclaim them, ladies adore them,
Throwing fans and flow'rs before them.
Raise the shout, roll it out,
For our brave Toreros!
Yet there is one we're longing at last to behold,
Famous from Pampeluna far away to Cadiz;
Shout to greet Carajolo the bold,
The king of the ring and the love of the ladies.
Here was he born, and played as an innocent boy.
Now he returns again within our olden portals,
Shout again to wish the hero joy,
The king of the ring and the bravest of mortals,
The Espada! Carajolo! Hail!
For he is the Toreador!
He is famous on every shore,
There is no one that's honoured more
In the palace, or in the posada;
All the ladies will blush before
The adorable Toreador,
And a welcome the ring will roar
To its hero, the gallant Espada.

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