General Guinness

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This example of "General Guinness" is performed by Chris Caldwell.
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Notes:  This song probably dates to around 1900.

You've heard of General Wellington, 
Who won at Waterloo, 
But there's a good old Irishman 
I'll mention unto you. 
He comes from dear old Dublin, 
He's a man we all applaud, 
For he always finds a corkscrew 
Far more handy than a sword. 

He's good old General Guinness, 
He's a soldier strong and stout. 
He's found on every bottle 
And he can't be done without! 
His noble name has world-wide fame 
Deserves three hearty cheers
Hurrah for General Guinness of the Dublin Booziliers! 

This hale and hearty warrior 
Is worshipped in the ranks, 
For he does his task inside the cask, 
As well as in the tanks. 
He bears the brunt on every front, 
North, south, east, and west, 
And he wears about ten million 
Canteen medals on his chest. 

He's good old General Guinness, 
He has won the world's applause. 
'Twas him who kept our spirits up 
In the midst of all our wars. 
Who was the first to flirt 
With Mademoiselle from Armentieres? 
Why good old General Guinness 
Of the Dublin Booziliers. 

All over bonny Scotland too, 
The General is seen. 
They've given him the freedom 
Of the "toon" of Aberdeen. 
From Inverness to Galashiels, 
He keeps them warm and bright, 
And they love to gather 'round him, 
Och, on every moonlit night. 

He's good old General Guinness, 
He's as good as Scottish broth, 
'Twas him who turned the Firth of Forth 
Into the Firth of Froth. 
All Scotsman dance The Highland Fling 
And shout when he appears, 
Hurrah for General Guinness of the Dublin Booziliers.