DESCRIPTION: The soldier intends to survive: "Just before the battle, mother... when I saw the rebels marching, To the rear I quickly flew." "Farewell, mother! for you'll never See my name among the slain. For if I only can skedaddle... I'll come home again."
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (Davidson, Cullings from the Confederacy, according to Silber-CivWarFull)
KEYWORDS: Civilwar parody humorous battle mother cowardice
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Silber-CivWarFull, p. 153, "Farewell, Mother" (1 text, tune referenced)
Silber-CivWarAbbr, p. 14, "Farewell, Mother" (1 text, tune referenced)
cf. "Just Before the Battle, Mother" (tune)
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