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Thread #124040 Message #3774025
Posted By: GUEST,Guest Tony
20-Feb-16 - 05:01 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
Thanks JennieG. Yes. This is the version I first came across and as far as I have found, this American version is the only one of which there is a recording on the internet.
As the lyrics used by Cecilia John in Australia differ somewhat, I became interested when someone suggested that Hamish Imlach's version might have harked back to an even earlier song than the American. ie c.1900 in Britain. I wondered whether our Australian anti-war movement might have been aware of the British song, but have found no proof at this stage. Fascinating search though, so thanks again JennieG.