The Service Man


(Prelude to "Service Songs"
in The Five Nations)

"TOMMY" you was when it began
But now that it is o'er,
You shall be called the Service Man
'Enceforward evermore,

Batt'ry, brigade, flank, centre, van,
Defaulter, Army-corps—
From first to last The Service Man
'Enceforward evermore,

From 'Alifax to 'Industan
From York to Singapore—
'Orse, foot, an' guns, the Service Man
'Enceforward evermore.