Somebody's Darling

DESCRIPTION: "Into the ward of the clean white-washed halls Where the dead slept and the dying lay... Somebody's darling was borne one day." "Somebody's darling, somebody's pride, Who'll tell his mother where her boy died?" All bid farewell to the handsome boy soldier
AUTHOR: Words: Marie Ravenal de la Coste / Music: John Hill Hewitt (according to Silber-CivWarAbbr)
EARLIEST DATE: 1898 (Wharton)
KEYWORDS: soldier death Civilwar mother
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Silber-CivWarFull, pp. 145-147, "Somebody's Darling" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-CivWarAbbr, pp. 84-85, "Somebody's Darling" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2167, p. 146, "Somebody's Darling" (1 reference)
Emerson, pp. 119-121, "Somebody's Darling" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Fred W. Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas, Volume II (1931), p.222, "(Somebody's Darling)" (1 fragment)
Martin Gardner, editor, _Famous Poems from Bygone Days_, Dover, 1995, pp. 50-52, "Somebody's Darling" (1 text)

NOTES [74 words]: H. M. Wharton's War Songs and Poems of the Southern Confederacy (p. 188) gives the author's name as "Marie La Coste," rather than "de la Coste." Allsopp says it was *sung* by "Marie La Conte of Georgia." Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, p. 146, lists a broadside, probably from the Civil War era, which credits it to Marie Ravenal de la Coste. - RBW
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