Parade of the Wooden Soldiers | Lyrics

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History for 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers'

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers was written in Germany in 1905. Upon hearing the spirited beat, a Russian producer took the song to Paris for inclusion in his new musical review. When his production moved to New York City, the song attracted the interest of lyricist Ballard Macdonald, who had written lyrics for Ziegfeld and other producers.

Lyrics for 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers'

The toy shop door is locked up tight
And everything is quiet for the night.
When suddenly the clock strikes twelve,
The fun's begun.

The dolls are in their best arrayed
There's going to be a wonderful parade
Hark to the drum, oh, here they come,
Cries everyone.

Hear them all cheering, now they are nearing,
There's the captain stiff as starch.
Bayonets flashing, music is crashing
As the wooden soldiers march.

Sabers a clinking, soldiers a winking,
At each pretty little maid.
Here they come, here they come,
Here they come, here they come.
Wooden soldiers on parade.

Daylight is creeping, dollies are sleeping,
In the toy shop window fast;
Soldiers so jolly, think of each dolly,
Dreaming of the night that's past.

When in the morning, without a warning,
Toy man pulls the window shade,
There's no sign the wood brigade
Was ever out upon parade.

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