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Lyr Req: The Soldier's Sweetheart (Jimmie Rodgers)

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ONCE I HAD A SWEETHEART


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December 16 May 97 - 09:45 AM
Bert Hansell 16 May 97 - 10:22 AM
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December 16 May 97 - 11:41 PM
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Subject: Once I had a sweetheart
From: December
Date: 16 May 97 - 09:45 AM

This song is about a young man going off to war (Span. Amer. War - I think). It starts off: Once I had a sweetheart, a sweetheart brave and true. If anyone knows the lyrics - I would appreciate them. My Mother used to sing it - she passed away recently and I haven't been able to remember the whole song just bits and pieces.


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Subject: RE: Once I had a sweetheart
From: Bert Hansell
Date: 16 May 97 - 10:22 AM

Sounds like a Jimmie Rodgers number. I'll look it up when I get home tonight.
Bert.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SOLDIER'S SWEETHEART (Jimmie Rodgers)
From: George Burt
Date: 16 May 97 - 08:00 PM

The Jimmie Rodgers reference is correct. I have the original record (scratch, scratch). Words follow:


THE SOLDIER'S SWEETHEART
As recorded by Jimmie Rodgers, 1927. (Victor 20864)

Once I had a sweetheart, a sweetheart brave and true.
His hair was dark and curly; his loving eyes were blue.

He told me that he loved me, and he often proved it so,
And he often come to see me, when the evening sun was low.

But they took him away, to this awful German war,
And when he come to say goodbye, my heart did overflow.

He says: "Goodbye, little darling; to France I must go."

He takes the golden finger ring, and he placed it on my hand,
Said: "Remember me, little darling, when I'm in no man's land."

He promised he would write to me; that promise he's kept true,
And when I read this letter fine, I pray the war is through.

The second letter I got from him, the war was just ahead.
The third one wrote by his captain; my darling dear was dead.

I'll keep all of his letters; I'll keep his gold ring, too,
And I'll always live a single life for the soldier who was so true.


Not a Spanish-American War song in this incarnation, but was there an earlier version?

Speaking of songs about dying soldiers, does anyone know one with this line: 'If you live to get home, you may tell them that I'm gone, that I sleep in a gallant soldier's grave." --heard from my grandfather, and never again--


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Subject: RE: Once I had a sweetheart
From: December
Date: 16 May 97 - 11:41 PM

Bert & George,

Thank you both so much. I have been trying since July to remember more words to this song. There may be an earlier version for some reason a line sticks in my mind - and off together they did go to the Spanish American War - maybe another song. The words supplied by George sound very familiar for the most part. I have not heard of the song you are looking for - but I will let you know if I find anything out about it. Thank you once again this was very important to me.


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