Collected by M.C. Parler Sung by Bessie Atchley
Transcribed by Bessie Atchley Green Forest, Arkansas
July 7, 1960
Reel 387, Item 8
Just Break The News To Mother
While the shot and shell were screaming, upon the battle field.
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 thickset of the fray.
Saved the flag, but gave his young life.
All for his country's sake.
They brought him back and softly hoard him say.
Just break The news to mother,
She knows how dear I love her,
And tell her not to look for me,
For I'm not coming home.
Just say there is no other
Can take the place of mother
Then kiss those 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 ho lies, sir, said the captain, he'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 touched all hearts, that day.
"'Tis my son, my brave young boro,
I thought you safe at home."
Forgive me, father, but I ran away."
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