Many Brave Boys Must Fall

DESCRIPTION: "Heavily falls the rain, wild are the breezes tonight... Gathered around the fireside.... We sit and talk of brothers abroad... And yet, and yet, we must not forget That many brave boys must fall." The singer promises to fight before the horrors of war
AUTHOR: Henry Clay Work
EARLIEST DATE: before 1870 (see NOTES)
KEYWORDS: soldier separation
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peters, pp. 237-238, "Many Brave Boys Must Fall" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Roud #15680
NOTES: This songs seems to have had only the most tenuous hold on tradition; the version in Peters seems to be the only one ever collected. But it was very popular in the Civil War. Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, p. 14, lists ten different editions in the Philadelphia collection, by at least five different publishers, most of whom did not list Work's name. The title is either "Brave Boys" or "Brave Boys Are They." - RBW
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