Mudcat Café message #41324 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6969   Message #41324
Posted By: Allan C.
12-Oct-98 - 08:27 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
Subject: RE: Johnny has gone for a soldier
As to being associated with the American War of Independence, I am fairly certain that it has been sung during virtually every war for the past seven hundred years. A history I read indicated that it was widely spread by various Irish troops which were hired as mercenaries just about every time anyone decided to have a war.