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The Ship That Never Returned
3. "Go, tell my litde sisters, That I long to see,
That I never more shall take them
By the fire-side on my knee
And sing to them the good old songs
That they love to hear me sing.
Their brother, he lies dying
At the battle of Mill Springs.
4. "Comrades, listen, comrades, 'Tis the girl I speak of now: If she was here this night,
She would soothe my aching brow; But littl^ does she think of me, As she walks along and sings. Her true-love, he lies dying At the battle of Mill Springs/'
5.1 listen for to hear him speak; Again he murmured a farewell: "I fought for the Union For the Union I have fell." He kissed the stars and stripes And he laid them by his side And he gave three cheers for the Union And he dropped his head and died.
See Sandburg, p. 146; Journal, XXVIII, 191.
The song was recorded by Johnnie Shields, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of Mrs. L. J. Bussells, Shawanee, Tennessee.

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