Irish Soldier Boy, The

DESCRIPTION: "At a cottage door one winter night as the snow lay on the ground," a soldier and his mother bid a tearful farewell as he prepares to leave. He dies in battle, and sends a last message bidding farewell to his mother and to Ireland
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1936 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: soldier mother separation death Ireland
FOUND IN: Ireland Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
SHenry H678, p. 89, "The Irish Soldier Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #22061
Mrs. Bulger, "Irish Soldier Boy" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
cf. "The Faithful Sailor Boy" [Laws K13]
NOTES [42 words]: This is so close to "The Faithful Sailor Boy" that it seems almost certain that one is derived from the other; initially I lumped them. Now that we have two versions of this, we've split them, but it's still best to see that song as well as this. - RBW
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File: HHH678

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