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Joe Offer Lyr Add: The Ballad of Billy McFadzean - author? (3) Lyr Add: The Ballad of Billy McFadzean - author? 01 Apr 19


I got an email request for songwriter and copyright information about "The Ballad of Billy McFadzean," a loyalist song set in 1916. The song sounds more recent to me than 1916. Anybody know who wrote it and when, and who holds the rights to the song?

Here are the lyrics from Wikipedia

THE BALLAD OF BILLY McFADZEAN
Songwriter:

Let me tell you a story of honour and glory
Of a young Belfast soldier Billy McFadzean by name
For King and for Country Young Billy died bravely
And won the VC on the fields of the Somme

Gone Like the snowflake that melts on the river
Gone like the first rays of days early dawn
Like the foam from the fountain
Like the mist from the mountain
Young Billy McFadzean’s dear life has gone

Now Billy lies only where the red Flanders poppy
In wildest profusion paints the field of the brave
No piper recalling his deeds all forgotten
For Billy McFadzean has no known grave

CHORUS
So let us remember that brave Ulster soldier
The VC he won the young life that he gave
For duty demanding his courage outstanding
Private Billy McFadzean of the U.V.F.


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