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WILLIAM TELL Theme from the TV Series "The Adventures Of William Tell" (1957) (Music by Gioacchino Rossini / Lyrics by Harold Purcell) David Whitfield - 1957 Come away, come away with William Tell, Come away to the land he loved so well; What a day, what a day when the apple fell, For Tell and Switzerland Come away with Tell to the mountainside Look down to the pass where the tyrants ride. Fit a bolt to your bow and down they go, For Tell and Switzerland We are simple peasant folk We will not bear a foreign yoke Our freedom song will echo on To fight for what is right. Hurry on, hurry on, there’s a dungeon cell; Hurry on, hurry on, there’s a noose as well; But we'll escape from the jaws of hell For Tell and Switzerland. We lived our lives, we loved our friends, We never wanted more. We had the skill to plough and till, But not the art of war, But now the tyrant from the plains Steals up to take our lands, Instead of spade we wield the blade Our life is in our hands. (with closing credits:) Follow on, follow on, at the leader's heel With a thrust of a pike and a clash of steel Follow on with the fight till the tyrants reel For Tell and Switzerland. Give ‘em one for the day they burned the grain, Give ‘em two for the night that Fritz was slain, Give ‘em three, give ‘em four and hooray for more, For Tell and Switzerland. The shepherd’s crook, the reaping hook Has taken on a warlike look. With blades we’ve beaten from the plough We'll reap a harvest now. Come away, come away with William Tell, Come away to the land he loved so well Fit a bolt to your bow, and away we go For Te-e-e-ell, and Switzerland. (Transcribed by Bill Huntley - November 2004 From "The Very Best of David Whitfield" - Volume Two additional info from Bruce Laidlaw August 2018)


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