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Posted By: Graeme
12-Oct-98 - 08:49 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
Subject: RE: Johnny has gone for a soldier

Yes, I think you are right - but this one's inclusion of "Buttermilk Hill" links it more to the AWOI (It's in Pennsylvania). Actually, it makes me wonder why the name "Johnny" appears in a number of American military folk songs - certainly the American Colonials were referred to as "Johnathens" by the British Royal Navy in both the War of Independence and the 1812 war - and American privateers long before that.

But, then - perhaps it was just a common name!