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War
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91 THE CRIMEAN WAR
For a text of eight stanzas similar to the Michigan text see Dean, pp. 49-50.
The present version was sung in 1935 by Mrs. Allan McClellan, near Bad Axe, who as a child learned the song from her brother-in-law in Canada.
i As I roved down through Irish town one evening last July, The mother of a soldier in tears I did espy, Saying: "God be with you, Johnny dear, though you are far from
me; For you my heart is breaking, since you went to the Crirnee.
2 "O Johnny, I gave you schooling; I gave you a trade likewise That you need not have joined the army had you took my advice. You need not have gone to face your foes where cannons loudly
roar, And thousands fall their victims upon the Russian shore.
3 "He joined the fourteenth regiment, it being a gallant corps; They landed safe while mentioned upon the Russian shore.







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