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PKD on Teesside Lyr Req: Break the News to Mother (Chas. K Harris) (10) Lyr Add: BREAK THE NEWS TO MOTHER (Chas. K Harris) 09 Jun 98

Assuming I have the right song, this is it

(Charles K. Harris, 1897)

While the shot and shell were screaming upon the battlefield,
The boys in blue were fighting their noble flag to shield.
Came a cry from their brave captain: "Look, boys! our flag is down.
Who'll volunteer to save it from disgrace?"
"I will," a young voice shouted. "I'll bring it back or die,"
Then sprang into the thickest of the fray,
Saved the flag but gave his young life, all for his country's sake.
They brought him back and softly heard him say:

CHORUS: "Just break the news to mother; she knows how dear I love her,
And tell her not to weep for me, for I'm not coming home.
Just say there is no other can take the place of mother,
Then kiss her dear, sweet lips for me, and break the news to her."

From afar a noted general had witnessed this brave deed.
"Who saved our flag? Speak up, lads; ‘twas noble, brave, indeed!"
"There he lies, sir," said the captain. "hHe's sinking very fast,"
Then slowly turned away to hide a tear.
The general in a moment knelt down beside the boy,
Then gave a cry that touch'd all hearts that day.
"It's my son, my brave young hero; I thought you safe at home."
"Forgive me, father, for I ran away." CHORUS



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