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Thread #124040   Message #3773838
Posted By: GUEST,Guest Tony
19-Feb-16 - 04:58 PM
Thread Name: Origin: I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
Subject: RE: Origin: I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
I Didn't Raise My Son etc was made so popular by Cecilia John in Australia in WW1 that it was banned under the War Precautions Act. The lyrics are available on the Folkstream website.
The only recording I have heard on utube is the American with 'Boy' in the title and lyrics. I understand that when American protestors revived the song during the Vietnam years, they also used 'Son', possibly because by then they were aware that Black Americans might find boy offensive.
I wonder whether John might have been aware of the Boer War version (later recorded by Hamish Imlach). I have not seen Imlach's lyrics or heard his singing but would like to.
As far as I know, there is no recording of Cecilia John.