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I Am the Lad in the Cadet Grey by Mary A. Barr

I am the lad in the cadet gray—
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, hey!
My buttons are bright, my jacket is tight,
My step is a soldier's, quick and light;
I'm ready to dance, I'm ready to fight—
Hurrah! hurrah! for the boy in gray.

I am the lad in the cadet gray—
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, hey!
The bugle wakes me at dawn of day;
I'm out at drill in the morning gray,
Prompt and trig, not a hair astray—
Hurrah! hurrah! for the boy in gray.

I am the lad in the cadet gray—
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, hey!
My hardest tasks are cheerfully done;
I'm under orders from sun to sun;
You should see me handle sword and gun—
Hurrah! hurrah! for the boy in gray.

I am the lad in the cadet gray—
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, hey!
At "four-o'clocks," and at dress parade,
My chevrons, buttons, and fancy braid
Win smiles from many a lovely maid
For the handsome lad in cadet gray.

For the lad in gray the drum is rolled—
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, quick and bold;
And when the days of drilling are through,
This is the thing that I shall do:
Doff cadet gray for the army blue—
The army blue with its stars of gold.

Braver and freer a thousandfold—
Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, true and bold.
Pistols and sword in my silken sash,
After my country's foes I'll dash,
Where muskets rattle and sabres clash—
Hurrah! for the army blue and gold.

Hurrah! for the lad so brave and true,
In cadet gray or in army blue.
On his heart he wears his country's name,
And his hand will keep her spotless fame;
In gray or blue he is just the same—
Hurrah! for the lad in gray or blue.