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 Three Songs For Soldier Johnny


2 1/2" x 2"
64 pages

Many military folk songs in English are about Johnny, perhaps because of the popularity of the name. It does seem to give a universality to the soldiering experience, both for soldiers themselves and for those left behind. These three songs are examples of that wide variety.

   "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier" - This is very similar to an Irish folk song called ""Siúil A Rún" ("Go, my love"), which may go back as far as the English Civil War. It's an example of the song form called macaronic, where the verses are sung in English and the chorus in Irish.

  "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"  - Despite being in a minor key, this is a celebratory song, with proud and rousing  lyrics.It's an American Civil War music hall song from 1863.

   "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye"  -  The grimmest of the three, this was published a few months after "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", as a remonstrance to the chauvinistic flavor of that song. Its mutilated hero is welcomed home by the girl he abandoned, who describes his injuries in heartbreaking detail.

All three songs are accompanied by the words of their choruses, fading up the pages.


This product was added to our catalog Jamuary 25, 2016
$36.00