Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier

Something for the weekend.  A fine version of Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier by James Taylor, a song that has echoed down the centuries through all of America’s wars.

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Published in: on August 27, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Some background

    Popular in several versions during the Revoltion – it dates back to the Glorious revoution of 1688.

  2. Indeed it does Hank and it derives from this Irish song:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Si%C3%BAil_A_R%C3%BAin

    Chesterton never wrote truer words than these :

    “For the great Gaels of Ireland / Are the men that God made mad, / For all their wars are merry, / And all their songs are sad.”


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