I Wish the Wars Were All Over
DESCRIPTION: The singer meets Polly milking her cow singing "I wish that the wars were all over." She is afraid her Billy will be killed in America. She rejects the singer's advances and says she'll dress as a sailor and fight "till the wars are all over"
EARLIEST DATE: 1770s (Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: love war separation cross-dressing America sailor
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game, pp. 129-130, "The Wars are All O'er" (1 text)
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 302, "I Wish the Wars Were All Over" ("Down in the meadows where violets do grow"), J. Davenport (London), 1799-1800
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