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World War I (WWI or WW1 or World War One), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. The war drew in all the world's economic great powers, which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (based on the Triple Entente of the United Kingdom, France and the Russian Empire) and the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Although Italy had also been a member of the Triple Alliance alongside Germany and Austria-Hungary, it did not join the Central Powers, as Austria-Hungary had taken the offensive against the terms of the alliance. These alliances were reorganised and expanded as more nations entered the war: Italy, Japan and the United States joined the Allies, and the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria the Central Powers. Ultimately, more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history. The immediate trigger for war was the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. This set off a diplomatic crisis when Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, and international alliances formed over the previous decades were invoked. Within weeks, the major powers were at war and the conflict soon spread around the world. On 28 July, the Austro-Hungarians fired the first shots in preparation for the invasion of Serbia. As Russia mobilised, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg before moving towards France, leading Britain to declare war on Germany. After the German march on Paris was halted, what became known as the Western Front settled into a battle of attrition, with a trench line that would change little until 1917. Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, the Russian army was successful against the Austro-Hungarians, but was stopped in its invasion of East Prussia by the Germans. In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire joined the war, opening fronts in the Caucasus, Mesopotamia and the Sinai. Italy and Bulgaria went to war in 1915, Romania in 1916, and the United States in 1917. The war approached a resolution after the Russian government collapsed in March 1917, and a subsequent revolution in November brought the Russians to terms with the Central Powers. On 4 November 1918, the Austro-Hungarian empire agreed to an armistice. After a 1918 German offensive along the western front, the Allies drove back the Germans in a series of successful offensives and began entering the trenches. Germany, which had its own trouble with revolutionaries, agreed to an armistice on 11 November 1918, ending the war in victory for the Allies. By the end of the war, four major imperial powers—the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires—ceased to exist. The successor states of the former two lost substantial territory, while the latter two were dismantled. The maps of Europe and Southwest Asia were redrawn, with several independent nations restored or created. The League of Nations was formed with the aim of preventing any repetition of such an appalling conflict. This aim, however, failed with weakened states, renewed European nationalism and the German feeling of humiliation contributing to the rise of fascism. All of these conditions eventually led to World War II..(Ref Wikipedia)
THIS COLLECTION of World War One Era lyrics, includes some 190 popular songs published between aproximately 1900 to 1925. These are from both English and American popular music. The collection also includes some "Trench Songs" - songs made up by soldiers, often complaining about their hard lot commonly using satire or parody and often containing strong language.
These transcriptions are made by many different individuals from all over the world for their own research and instruction and as such should not be considered definitive "official" versions, or representative of any particular artist or performance. They are being shared on this site for educational purposes only, please see our copyright page for more info.
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|A Bird In A Gilded Cage Aurthur J Lamb 1900 A Conscientious Objector A Little Bit Of Heaven Sure They Call It Ireland 1911 A Perfect Day A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody Irving Berlin 1919 A Soldiers Rosary J E Dempsey A Twilight Call Hattie Nevada 1900 Abdul Abulbul Amir After The Ball Is Over Aint We Got Fun Gus Kahn 1921 Alexanders Ragtime Band Irving Berlin 1911 All By Myself Irving Berlin 1921 America Heres My Boy America I Love You Among My Souvenirs Anchors Aweigh 2 Anchors Aweigh A H Miles 1907 Annie Laurie Any Old Iron April Showers B G Desylva 1921 Are We Downhearted Are You From Dixie Jack Yellin 1915 Ask A Policeman Asleep In The Deep Au Revoir But Not Good Bye Soldier Boy Bedelia Beneath The Spanish Moon Ida Simpson 1921 Bill Bailey Wont You Please Come Home Hughie Cannon 1902 Billy Boy 1917 Bird On Nellies Hat Boiled Beef And Carrots Bombed Last Night Burlington Bertie From Bow By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Edward Madden 13 Aug 1909 By The Side Of The Zuyder Zee Captain Jinks Of The Horse Marines Casey Jones T Lawrence Seibert 1909 Champagne Charlie Charmaine Chase Me Charlie Come Home Father Daisy Bell Danny Boy 1913 Danny Boy Deep River 1917 Dont Dilly Dally On The Way Down By The Old Mill Stream 1910 Every Inch A Soldier And A Man For Me And My Gal 1917 Forward Joe Soaps Army Frankie And Johnny 1912 Fred Karnos Army Gillymong Give My Regards To Broadway George Michael Cohan 1904 Good Bye Broadway Hello France 1917 Good Bye Dolly Gray Will D Cobb 1900 Good Bye Good Luck God Bless You Good Bye London Town Good Luck To The Boys Of The Allies Good Morning Mr Zip Zip Zip Robert Lloyd 1918 Grandfathers Clock Hail Hail The Gangs All Here D A Esrom 1917 Hello Central Give Me Heaven 1901 Hello Whos Your Lady Friend Here We Are Here We Are Again Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy Home Sweet Home Howya Gonna Keep Em Down On The Farm Sam M Lewis 1919 I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier Alfred Bryan 1915 I Wonder Whos Kissing Her Now Will M Hough 1909 I Wore A Tunic Id Like To See The Kaiser With A Lily In His Hand Ida Sweet As Apple Cider 1903 If You Were The Only Boche In The Trench If You Were The Only Girl In The World Ill Be With You In Apple Blossom Time Im Forever Blowing Bubbles Jaan Kenbrovin 1919 Im Henery The Eighth I Am In Flanders Fields The Poppies Grow 1918 In The Good Old Summer Time 1902 In The Good Old Summer Time In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree Harry H Williams 1905 In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree Its A Long Long Way To Tipperary 1912 Its Time For Every Boy To Be A Soldier 1917 John Barley Corn Goodbye 1919 Just Before The Battle Mother K K K Katy 1918 Kathleen Mavoureen Keep The Home Fires Burning Lena Guilbert 1914 Keep The Home Fires Burning Keep The Trench Fires Going For The Boys Out There 1918 Knees Up Mother Brown Let Me Call You Sweetheart Beth Slater Whitson 1910 Let The Rest Of The World Go By 1919 Lets All Be Americans Now Lily Of Laguna Little Annie Rooney Little Grey Home In The West 1911 Lloyd Georges Beer Look For The Silver Lining 1920 Lorraine My Beautiful Alsace Lorraine Mademoiselle From Armentieres Madelon Camille Robert 1918 Mafekin Night Marys A Grand Old Name 3 Oct 1905 May God Be With Our Boys Tonight Memories Of Mother And Home Moonlight Bay 1912 My Gal Sal My Old Dutch Nellie Dean Now Im A General At The Ministry Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning 1918 Oh Its A Lovely War Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh Edward Rose 1917 Oh Mister Porter Oh Oh Antonio Oh What A Lovely War Oh You Beautiful Doll 11911 Oh You Beautiful Doll Old Gallipolis A Wonderful Place On Mother Kellys Doorstep On The Road To Mandalay Rudyard Kipling 1908 Over The Sea Boys 1918 Over There George Michael Cohan 1917 Over There Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag Uk Peg O My Heart 1913 Pick Up Your Troubles In Your Old Bag Kit George Asaf 1915 Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet Stanley Murphy 1909 Raining Grousing Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody Sam M Lewis 1918 Roses Of Picardy Send Me Away With A Smile She Was One Of The Early Birds Shes A Lassie From Lancashire Shine On Harvest Moon Jack Norworth 1908 Ship Ahoy Silver Threads Among The Gold Somebody Stole My Gal Leo Wood 1918 Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty Take Me Out To The Ball Game Jack Norworth 1908 The Aba Daba Honeymoon Arthur Fields 1914 The Alabama Jubilee The Army Of Todays Alright The Asc To War Have Gone The Band Played On The Battle Cry Of Freedom The Battle Song Of Liberty 1917 The Biggest Aspidistra In The World The Bird In The Gilded Cage The Caissons Go Rolling Along Robert M Danford 1921 The Cat Came Back The Conscientious Objectors Lament The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue The Darktown Strutters Ball Shelton Brooks 1917 The Glow Worm 1902 The Great Dance Tune The Laughing Policeman The Lost Chord The Man On The Flying Trapeze The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo The Old Brigade The Rose Of No Mans Land The Soldiers Adieu The Volunteer Organist The Yanks With The Tanks 1918 Theres A Long Long Trail 1913 They Didnt Believe Me Till We Meet Again 1918 Tis The Last Rose Of Summer Toot Toot Tootsie Good Bye Gus Kahn 1922 Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie Wake Up America We Dont Want The Bacon Howard Carr 1918 We Stopped Them At The Marne Well Carry The Star Spangled Banner Thru The Trenches When Pershings Men Go Marching Into Picardy 1918 When The Lusitania Went Down When They Asked Us When This Lousy War Is Over When Very Lights Are Shining When You And I Were Young Maggie When You Were Sweet Sixteen When You Wore A Tulip And I Wore A Big Red Rose 1914 Where Are Our Uniforms Whiffenppof Song Meade Minnigerode 1918 Yes We Have No Bananas Frank Silver 1923 You Made Me Love You Joe Mccarthy 1913|