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The Soldier Boy
Fuson (p. 131) has a song entitled, "The Gambling Man," in which appear stanzas 6 and 7 of this song.
The song was recorded by Lola Rakes, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, who learned it from the singing of her nother, Mrs. J. P. Rakes, who learned it from her father, W. C. Gilbert.
1.1 volunteered to Texas, I will have you all to know, A long road to travel, I neve r traveled before. Oh, my home, sweet home!
2.  They told me to volunteer And go along with them.
I truly did believe
They were true-hearted men.
Oh, my home, sweet home!
3.  I have a father and mother, 1 never more shall see. The morning I left them, They were crying for me. Oh, my home, sweet home!
4.  They told me to volunteer And they would treat me well. The pain that I did suffer, No human tongue can tell. Oh, my home, sweet home!
s. I had a little sweetheart; She was a pretty little girl; I truly do believe She was the sweetest in the world. Oh, my home, sweet home!

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