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Ballads and Songs
7. "Write my blue-eyed girl a letter
And send her this fair, fond face; Tell her just where I laid;
Lord, where is my resting place ?
8. "Tell her my soul will wait for her;
The border will lay between Heaven and earth, and it won't be long Until she comes to me."
9. The tears dim the blue-eyed boy;
His heart was low with pain,
"If you return .....................
I ask you to do the same.
10. "I have a mother at home waiting for me,
Her face all covered with woe,
One by one.........................
She barried1 her husband and sons.
11. "She kissed me when my country called
And begged me nay; Here we lay side by side
As you often heard them say."
12. No one to write to the blue-eyed girl
Or write to the mother at home.
"The Dying Soldier." This song is identical, in some respects, with a version in Fuson, p. 193, but has a number of changes in wording, phraseology, and arrangement of stanzas. Cf. also Cox, No. 72.
The song was recorded in southwestern Virginia by D. G. Tiller, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.
1.0 Brother Green, oh, come to me, For I am shot and bleeding; Now I must die, no more to see My wife and my dear children.
1 barried: buned.