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6. She took me in her parlor And cooled me with her fan.
She whispered low in her mother's ear: "I love the soldier man." Oh, my home, sweet home I
7. "Dear father and dear mother, You know I love you both well;
But the love I have for the soldier man, No human tongue can tell." Oh, my home, sweet home!
See Dean, The Flying Cloud and ijo Other Old Time Poems and Ballads, p. 5. The present song appears to be modeled on the older song. Cf. also Perrow, Journal, XXVIII, 165.
Obtained from Mrs. William Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County,North Carolina, July, 1930.
1. There was a dying soldier boy Lay near the battle field.
His comrades gathered 'round him And by his side did kneel. At length he raised his drooping head And a murmuring word he said: "Oh, who will care for mother Now her soldier boy is dead ?
2. "Go, tell my old father
In death I prayed for him;
I prayed that I might meet him
In a world that's free from sin
His son he lies dying
At the batde of Mill Springs.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III