Tell Me Now

DESCRIPTION: "I don't know why I went to war, Tell me, oh tell me now... Or what these folks are fighting for." "I don't know why I totes this gun." The singer doesn't know why the troops feed badly when the officers eat well. He hopes God will take him when he dies
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Niles/Moore)
KEYWORDS: soldier war food hardtimes death
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Niles/Moore, pp. 209-211, "Tell Me Now" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [35 words]: Niles/Moore says, "THis is what the negroes did to the 'Mlle. from Armentieres." I'd be more inclined to believe it if the dialect were truer. I suspect a white man wrote this and claimed it as a Black song. - RBW
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