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Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

Weeping girl Young soldier

14. Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier

The original version of this song is called "Siul A Ruin", a 17th Century Irish tune. It became "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" during the Revolutionary War. This is one of Miss Carrie's favorite laments. It's on the Ken Burns Civil War series. When she bought my videos of it, she heard this song and instantly fell in love with it and bought the soundtrack so she could learn to play it. The Violin duet is most evocative. These are the lyrics to the song:

Here I sit on Buttermilk Hill,
Who could blame me cry my fill?
And every tear would turn a mill.
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

Chorus: Shule, shule, shulagra,
S sure and sure and he loves me.
When he comes back we'll married be.
Johnny has gone for a soldier

Me, oh my, I love her so.
Broke my heart, I had to go,
And only time will heal my woe.
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

I'll sell my rod, I'll sell my reel.
Likewise I'll sell my spinning wheel.
And buy my love a sword of steel.
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

With fife and drum I marched away.
I could not heed what she did say.
I'll not be back for many a day.
Johnny has gone for a soldier

I'll dye my dress, I'll dye it red,
And through the streets I'll beg for bread.
The lad that I love from me has fled.
Johnny has gone for a soldier.