I'm In Want of a Substitute
DESCRIPTION: "I'm in want of a substitute, Oh, show me the man who will Buckle up his armor and fight for Uncle Sam. I'm in want of a hero, with a heart so brave and true, Who will fight for his country and the red, white, and blue."
AUTHOR: George P. Holt?
EARLIEST DATE: 1977 (Peters); collected c. 1941
KEYWORDS: Civilwar soldier
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Peters, pp. 233-234, "I'm In Want of a Substitute" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2488, p. 168, "Wanted a Substitute" (2 references)
Wanted a Substitute
NOTES: This appears to be a folk-processed version of "Wanted, a Substitute," a Civil War era song with words sometimes credited to George P. Holt and said to be to the tune of "Uncle Sam's Farm."
For background on the draft during the American Civil War, and the methods used to avoid it, see the notes to "How Are You, Conscript?" - RBW
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