Mudcat Café message #1242571 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: masato sakurai
08-Aug-04 - 12:29 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Dying British Sergeant
Subject: RE: Mudcat Study; Dying British Sergent
From Alan Lomax's notes in The Penguin Book of American Folk Songs, p. 22:
A propaganda ballad from the American Revolutionary War, this come-all-ye purports to record the last words of a British redcoats who wished he'd stayed at home. Frank Warner recorded it in 1940s from a New York State lumberjack, known as Yankee John Galusha, who growled and thundered it out as if the Hessians were still camped along the Hudson.