The Soldier's Last Stand (Clayt Butt) video
See also: The Soldier's Last Farewell
(Macedward Leach)
#2095: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

When the postman delivered the letter,
It would fill her poor heart full of joy;
But she didn't know until she read the inside,
It was the last words from her darling boy.

Dear Mom, was the way that it started,
I miss you so much it went on;
But you didn't know that I loved you so,
And I'll prove it when this war is won.

I'm writing this down in a trench, Mom,
Don't scold me if it's not so neat;
The way that you did when I was a kid,
And I came home with mud on my feet.

Mom, The captain just gave us our orders,
And Mom, we must carry them through;
I'll finish this letter the first chance I get,
But for now I'll just say I love you.

The old woman's hands began to tremble,
As she fought against tears in her eyes;
It came unashamed for there was no name,
And she knew that her soldier had died.

Each night as I kneel by my bedside,
I pray, Lord above, hear my plea;
To protect all the sons who are fighting tonight,
And may God keep old Canada free.

To protect all the sons who are fighting tonight,
And may God keep old Canada free.

####.... Written in 1944 as Soldier's Last Letter by Sergeant Henry Redd Stewart [1921-2003] born in Ashland City, Tennessee, and Ernest Tubb [1914-1984] born in Crisp, Texas ....####
Also recorded in 1970 as Soldier's Last Letter by American country music song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler and instrumentalist, Merle Ronald Haggard (The Hag) [1937-2016] of Oildale, California].

This variant was recorded by Clayt Butt of Spaniard's Bay, NL (Twelve Country Favorites, Independent)

See more songs by Clayt Butt.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Marie B Hartery [1934-2000] of Portugal Cove South, NL, and published as The Soldier's Last Farewell in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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