Annie Dear I'm Called Away
DESCRIPTION: A soldier tells his darling, Annie or Maggie, that "his country needs his aid;... I'm called away." Dying, wounded in a "fearful conflict. Victory ... nobly won," he asks, "if you're spared to see my darling Tell her I was called away"
AUTHOR: Harry Hunter and John Guest (source: Sean Mone, liner notes to "Sarah Makem: As I Roved Out")
EARLIEST DATE: 1886 (Wehman's [Universal Songster] Collection)
KEYWORDS: courting love battle war parting separation death soldier
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports, pp. 26-27, "Annie Dear I'm Called Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Wehman's [Universal Songster] Collection of 98 Songs No. 10 (New York, 1886 ("Digitized by Internet Archive)), p. 8, "Called Away" ("By a cottage in the twilight") (1 text)
Monroe Brothers, "Goodbye Maggie" (2003, "Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys 1937-1949," JSP Records CD JSP7712B (recorded 1937-1938))
Sarah Makem, "Annie Dear I'm Called Away" (on Sarah Makem, "Sarah Makem: As I Roved Out" [Vol. 2], Musical Traditions Records MTCD354 CD (2011))
NOTES [114 words]: Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports's text has an added verse: the soldiers march away and she dreams she hears him say, "Annie dear, I'm called away." Wehman's text adds a chorus: "Good-bye, Maggie, good-bye, darling, Tho' I fain would with thee stay; 'Tis decreed that I must leave thee, Maggie, dear, I'm called away." The Monroe Brothers keep the Wehman form but have a second verse that shares a couple of lines with Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports's.
Sarah Makem's chorus is close to Wehman's but her second verse is close to Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports's, not Wehman's. The Monroe Brothers have everyone's verses and the chorus. - BS
Last updated in version 4.2
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2021 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.