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Thread #31970   Message #420354
Posted By: Mr Red
18-Mar-01 - 07:33 AM
Thread Name: WWI Trench songs
Subject: RE: Trench Songs of WW1
Lonesome EJ

Call me a pedant. Surely "buddy" started out life as "brother".

The first try-outs of the play used "brother".

Broadway impressarios were happy with that lyric but were fearful of a backlash from those who could actually afford tickets then. Hence the change to "buddy".

It was a hard hitting political song and for a political play. They chose to make it well known, so allowed some dilution. The message is still there.