Soldier Boy (III), The (The Texas Volunteer)
DESCRIPTION: "I volunteered to Texas, I will have you all to know, A long road to travel, I never travelled before, Oh, my home, sweet home!" The singer recalls the sorrow his parents suffered when he left. The song ends with verses from "The Roving Gambler."
EARLIEST DATE: 1933 (Cambiaire)
KEYWORDS: separation home travel floatingverses
FOUND IN: US(Ap)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cambiaire, pp. 20-21, "The Soldier Boy" (1 text)
NOTES: This is a peculiar song, with an opening that seems to be known only from the Rakes family of Tennessee (mother and daughter: Mrs. J. P. Rakes and Lola Rakes). The interesting point is that the second half is entirely from "The Roving Gambler (The Gambling Man)" [Laws H4] -- but that it is well-integrated with the first half, about a fellow cajoled into volunteering to go to Texas. Why was he so induced? There is no hint. I suspect that we have only a fragment of the song of the Volunteer to Texas, missing both the beginning and the end. - RBW
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