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"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1770s (Opie/Opie-TheSingingGame)
KEYWORDS: love war separation cross-dressing America sailor
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie/Opie-TheSingingGame, pp. 129-130, "The Wars are All O'er" (1 text)
Roud #2036
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 302, "I Wish the Wars Were All Over" ("Down in the meadows where violets do grow"), J. Davenport (London), 1799-1800
File: OpGap129

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