There Once Was a Soldier

DESCRIPTION: A soldier left Annie and "in foreign lands he soon found another." He writes a letter to Annie that he has been fatally wounded "for the good of my country." She should find another. At the wedding with his new love he dies for love of Annie.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan6)
KEYWORDS: courting infidelity wedding lie separation death soldier
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan6 1128, "There Once Was a Soldier" (1 text)
Roud #6832
NOTES [37 words]: The last verse of GreigDuncan6 has a moral that seems gratuitous here: "it's best to be off with the old love, Before you are on with the new." For a song for which that theme makes more sense see "Aff Wi' the Auld Love." - BS
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File: GrD61128

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