- [verse 1] "Cheer up, cheer up, cheer up ev'ryone," Said a soldier boy one day. / "Cheer up, cheer up, let us have some fun," / Before it's time to go away, / Ev'rybody sing, / Let your voices ring, / We'll march away with a song.
- [refrain 1] Are we downhearted? No! No! No! / We are ready to go, go, go. / Goodbye, sweetheart, for a little while, / Goodbye mother, let me see you smile / Soon the bugle will blow, blow, blow. / Duty calls, we know, / And we'll hang the Kaiser to a sour apple tree, / Are we downhearted? No! No! No!
- [verse 2] Dearie, dearie, now's the time to dance, / Soon the band will start to play. / Dearie, dearie, over there in France, / I won't forget this happy day, Tho' we go to fight, / Still our hearts are light, / Cheer up, it's time to be gay.
- [refrain 2]