Irish Soldier Boy (Sylvester White) video
#1475 YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

At a cottage door one wintery night,
As the snow lay on the ground,
A youthful Irish soldier boy
To the mountains he was bound;
His mother stood beside him saying,
"You'll win my boy don't fear,"
With loving arms around his neck
As she tied his bandolier.

"Good-bye, God bless you, mother dear,
I hope your heart won't pain,
So pray to God your soldier boy
You soon will see again;
And when I am out on the battlefield,
It will be a sort of joy,
To know that you're remembering still
Your Irish soldier boy,"

When the fighting it was over,
And the flag of truce was raised,
When the leaders ordered for fire to cease,
Ole' Ireland stood amazed;
When a comrade came to her cottage door,
With a note from her pride and joy,
An aching heart cried, God be good
To my Irish soldier boy.

Good-bye, God bless you, mother dear,
I'm dying a death so grand,
From wounds received in battle,
Trying to free my native land;
I hope we'll meet in heaven above,
In the land beyond the skies,
Where you'll always be in company
With your Irish soldier boy.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of the lyrics for an Irish traditional as sung by Sylvester White [1913-1986] of South East Bight, NL ....####
The video above features a recording of a variant by The McNulty Family who popularized this song in Newfoundland and Labrador (Decca Records, 1947 78rpm).

See more songs by the McNulty Family.

A variant was also collected in 1951 from Mrs John R (Alice) Bulger [b.1899] of Trepassey NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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