Southern Spy, The
DESCRIPTION: "Come all you southern heroes." The singer is a northerner who leaves for the South in 1863 after "Old Abe he ordered us out to arms." He bids parents and wife goodbye to become a Southern spy. "Stand by your canon boys While shells and grape shot fly"
EARLIEST DATE: 1868 (Musick-Larkin)
KEYWORDS: Civilwar war dying death patriotic soldier children wife
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Musick-Larkin 37, "The Southern Spie" [sic] (1 text)
NOTES: The last two lines of Musick-Larkin's text -- "and trust to god your savior / And kep your powder dry" [sic] -- are from the lines attributed to Cromwell and also used in Colonel Blacker's "Oliver's Advice" [source: Charles Gavan Duffy, The Ballad Poetry of Ireland (Dublin: James Duffy, 1861 ("digitized by Google")) sixth edition, pp. 83-86] - BS
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