Soldier Won't You Marry Me
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Soldier soldier will you marry me with your musket fifen drum
Oh how can I marry such a pretty girl as you
When I've got no shoes to put on to put on
Got no shoes to put on

So off to the cobbler she did go
Fast as she could run
And she bought him a pair of the finest there
And the soldier put them on them on
The soldier put them on

Now soldier soldier will you marry me
With your musket fife and drum
Well how can I marry such a pretty girl as you
When I got no socks to put on to put on
Got no socks to put on

So off to the haberdasher she did go
Fast as she could run
And she bought him a pair of the finest there
And the soldier put them on them on
The soldier put them on

Now soldier soldier will you marry me
With your musket fife and drum
How can I marry such a pretty girl as you
When I got no pants to put on to put on
I got no pants to put on

So off to the tailor she did go
Fast as she could run
And she bought him a pair of the finest there
And the soldier put them on them on
The soldier put them on

Now soldier soldier will you marry me
With your musket fife and drum




How can I marry such a pretty girl as you
With a wife and a baby at home

Overall Meaning

The song "Soldier Won't You Marry Me" is a narrative ballad between a young woman and a soldier. The song opens with the young woman proposing to the soldier. She asks him to "marry me with your musket fifen drum," which means that she wants him to be her husband while he still serves in the military. The soldier replies that he can't marry her because he has "got no shoes to put on." The young woman then goes to a cobbler and buys him a pair of shoes, which he puts on. But, when she asks him to marry her again, he says he can't because he has "got no socks to put on." She then goes to a haberdasher and buys him a pair of socks, and he puts them on. But, once again, when she asks him to marry her, he says he can't because he has "got no pants to put on." Finally, the young woman goes to a tailor and buys him a pair of pants, but when she asks him to marry her one last time, he refuses, saying he already has a wife and child at home.


The song is essentially a folktale about how someone may seem like the perfect partner from a distance, but up close, issues and obstacles can arise nonetheless. The young woman in the song starts off optimistic, eager to marry her soldier, but her idealism is tested as she keeps having to fix him up in order to make him marriage-worthy. Ultimately, she discovers that he is already taken.


Line by Line Meaning

Soldier soldier will you marry me with your musket fifen drum
The girl is proposing to the soldier, hoping he will agree to marry her.


Oh how can I marry such a pretty girl as you When I've got no shoes to put on to put on Got no shoes to put on
The soldier is hesitant to marry her because he does not have appropriate attire, specifically shoes.


So off to the cobbler she did go Fast as she could run And she bought him a pair of the finest there And the soldier put them on them on The soldier put them on
She runs to a cobbler to buy the soldier shoes so that he can put them on and feel confident about marrying her.


Now soldier soldier will you marry me With your musket fife and drum Well how can I marry such a pretty girl as you When I got no socks to put on to put on Got no socks to put on
The soldier is still hesitant, this time because he does not have socks. The girl once again goes out to purchase socks for him.


So off to the haberdasher she did go Fast as she could run And she bought him a pair of the finest there And the soldier put them on them on The soldier put them on
The girl goes to a haberdasher to purchase socks for the soldier.


Now soldier soldier will you marry me With your musket fife and drum How can I marry such a pretty girl as you When I got no pants to put on to put on I got no pants to put on
The soldier is still unwilling, this time claiming he has no pants. The girl buys him pants so that he will have no excuses left.


So off to the tailor she did go Fast as she could run And she bought him a pair of the finest there And the soldier put them on them on The soldier put them on
The girl goes to a tailor to buy pants for the soldier, the final piece of clothing he needs.


Now soldier soldier will you marry me With your musket fife and drum How can I marry such a pretty girl as you With a wife and a baby at home
The soldier finally reveals that he cannot marry her because he is already married and has a child. He may have been using his lack of appropriate clothing as an excuse to not marry her all along.




Lyrics © MUSIC SALES CORPORATION, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HUGO E PERETTI, JAMES FREDERICK RODGERS, LUIGI CREATORE

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Johannes Müller

I know this wounderful song "OH SOLDIER, SOLDIER WON'T YOU MARRY ME?" for many years. During the English-lessons on the commercial academy at Innsbruck in the year 1966 our teacher Mr. Karl Judmaier presented us this beautiful song . I remember weill when we sung this song during the English-lessons. In the year 2019 I sing this song this song sometimes and my reminds of the time of 1966 awake. The singer of this beautiful song is Jimmie Rodgers.

Jesus Rodriguez

i remember when i sang this during elementary school for music lmao my hav song

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