Girl I Left Behind Me (V), The
DESCRIPTION: The war with France is over and, after ten years, the sailors "now return to embrace The partners of their bosoms." The singer plans to "spend my life to live and love The Girl I left behind me." When their lives are over they'll be together in heaven.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.25(83))
KEYWORDS: love war reunion nonballad sailor
Bodleian, Firth b.25(83), "The Girl I Left Behind Me" ("The wars are o'er, and gentle peace"), J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Firth c.13(244), Firth b.25(36), Harding B 11(2738), "The Girl I Left Behind Me"; Harding B 11(2068), Harding B 15(168a), "The Lass I Left Behind Me"
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