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Lighter Origins: The Southern Soldier (31) RE: Origins: The Southern Soldier 11 Jun 21


Richmond Dispatch (Feb. 2, 1902), p. 8:

"               MARCH AWAY TO MEXICO

"...The following are the three stanzas of the song as I used to hear it sung now more than thirty years ago:

"My pretty little Pink, I once did think,
That you and I would marry;
But now I've lost all earthly hope;
With you I cannot tarry.

I'll take my knapsack on my back,
My rifle on my shoulder,
And march away to the Mexican war,
To be a valiant soldier.

There coffee grows on white-oak trees,,
And rivers flow with brandy;
The rocks all shine with glittering gold
And the girls are sweet as candy.

"Whether there were ever more than these three stanzas of the song, I am unable to say. My old friend, Colonel Samuel J. Lamden, formerly of Worcester Co., Md., but now residing at Onancock, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, who served through the Mexican war, informed me that the three stanzas given above are all that he recollects having heard. He told me that the song was very popular just after the Mexican war, and that it was frequently sung at country frolics by young people as they marched, arm in arm, around the room. By the way, Colonel Lamden, I believe, is the only Mexican veteran now living on the Atlantic-Coast plain between Philadelphia and the capes of Virginia. He enlisted in Colonel Doniphan's regiment, marched across the plains, helped to conquer New Mexico, and joined General Taylor at Buena Vista, travelling in all, more than 6,000 miles."


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