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Songs by Syr Cordigan 2.2 The Shieldman's Lament

Ooooooooooooooooh,
Lord, it's hard to be a shieldman, when you fight at the Pennsic War.
Them fellows with polearms all fighting behind me,
Us guys with the shields stand befor.
Ere this battle is over, most of us shieldmen will die.
Oh, lord, it's hard to be a shieldman, but dear Lord you know I must try.

I thought that maybe next time, I'd get me one of them long spears
And fight with them fellows with the pole arms behind me
And maybe I'd last out the year.
But there was no way they would let me.
They said, "Hell, son, you're doin' just fine,
So pick up that sword, and strap on that shield,
And get your butt back in that line."

I thought that if I fought two stick, I could harry the enemy's flank.
When I asked our good prince what he thought of this plan,
He said, "Hell, son, you ain't got the rank.
Only our very best fighters get to have that good a time.
So pick up that sword, and strap on that shield,
And get your butt back in that line."

You say you're a spanking new fighter? Remember that you've just begun.
Keep at it a couple or three years. Then maybe you'll get to have fun.
I don't know what else I can tell you. Hell, son, it ain't yet your time.
So pick up that sword, and strap on that shield,
And get your butt back in that line.


Oh, Lord, it's hard to be a shieldman,
But dear God, why must I die?

Poleman's Pride, an Extra Chorus by Lord Philip mac Duncan Sinclair

Oh Lord, it's a sin to be a poleman
When you're fighting at Murder Melee.
Them guys with the shields, they die off so quickly;
Us guys with the poles last all day.
When this battle is over most of us polemen will live.
Oh Lord, it's a sin to be a poleman,
But thankfully, God, you forgive.


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