DESCRIPTION: "Oh, the General with his epaulets, A-leadin' the parade, The Colonel and the Adjutant... None of 'em look so fine As the newly-minted Corporal, A-comin' down the line." No dignitaries can compare with the corporal taking "The first rung on the ladder."
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Niles/Moore)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Niles/Moore, pp. 35-36, "Louse Song" (1 short text, tune referenced)
cf. "The Son of a Gambolier" (tune & meter) and references there
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