Tag Archives: war

Battle Hymn of the Republic

TITLE: Battle Hymn of the Republic AUTHOR: Words: Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body” CATEGORY: Public Domain, Author Known KEYWORDS: religious, patriotic, war EARLIEST DATE: 1861 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The words to this piece were written by Julia Ward Howe in November 1861 after Howe watched a parade of Union troops. I went to read more »

Mrs. McGrath

TITLE: Mrs. McGrath AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: war, injury, separation, soldier EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1916 (Colm Ó Lochlainn) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: “This song of the Peninsular War dates, according to one source, to 1815. The earliest account of it in Ireland seems to be 1876 when Sam Henry’s informant learned it in Belfast. (The read more »

In the Days of ’76

TITLE: The Days of Seventy-Six AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: war, freedom, America, rebellion EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: The Folk Songs of North America (in the English Language), Alan Lomax, Doubleday and Company 1960. Credited to the collection of Wallace House. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Apr 18, 1775 – Battle of Lexington. A British force routs the American read more »

Girl Volunteer, The (The Cruel War is Raging)

TITLE: The Cruel War is Raging AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: war, soldier, separation, love cross-dressing EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1914, Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore There is much debate about the war to which this song originally referred. It certainly is related to the Revolutionary War song (1700s) Jack Monroe and may read more »

Felix the Soldier

TITLE: Felix the Soldier AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: soldier, war, injury EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1940, Traditional American Folk Songs (Anne Warner) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: 1754-1763, French and Indian War (the hottest phase of the colonial conflict between France and England) Alan Lomax says in The Folk Songs of North America: (in the English Language) (Amazon Books), “If soldier read more »

Brave Wolfe

TITLE: Brave Wolfe AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: death, war, courting, battle, separation, Canada EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1759 (broadside) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: 1727-1759 – Life of General James Wolfe, British commander at the Battle of Quebec; 1754-1763 – French and Indian War (in Europe, the Seven Years’ War, fought 1756-1763); Sept 13, 1759 – Battle of Quebec. read more »

Down by the Riverside (Study War No More)

TITLE: Down by the Riverside (Study War No More) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: war, religious EARLIEST DATE: 1920 (recording, Fisk University Jubilee Quartet) Down by the Riverside has a long history and was known at the time of the American Civil War. The line “I ain’t gonna study war no more” perhaps originated from read more »

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

TITLE: When Johnny Comes Marching Home AUTHOR: Words: “Louis Lambert” (Patrick S. Gilmore) CATEGORY: author known, public domain KEYWORDS: home, war, return, reunion, nonballad EARLIEST DATE: 1863 (sheet music published by Henry Tolman & Co, Boston) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: United States Civil War When Johnny Comes Marching Home expressed people’s longing for the return of their friends read more »

Yankee Doodle Dandy-O (The Constitution and Guerriere)

TITLE: Yankee Doodle Dandy-O (The Constitution and Guerriere) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: sea, war, battle, ship EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: Broadside Printed and Sold by John Lane, 1813, a copy in the US Library of Congress, Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 113, Folder 15a. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Aug 19, 1812 – the 44-gun Constitution defeats and captures the 38-gun read more »