Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1915

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Lyrics by Alfred Bryan
Music by Al. Piantadosi

Photo of Chief Tendehoa on cover

Popular Edition Leo Feist New York
Ascherberg Hopwood & Crew, Ltd. London England

Copyright MCMSV by Leo Feist

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Abstract

VERSE 1
Ten million soldiers to the war have gone,
Who may never return again.
Ten million mothers’ hearts must break
For the ones who died in vain.
Head bowed down in sorrow
In her lonely years,
I heard a mother murmur thro’ her tears:

CHORUS
“I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier,
I brought him up to be my pride and joy,
Who dares to place a musket on his shoulder,
To shoot some other mother’s darling boy?
Let nations arbitrate their future troubles,
It’s time to lay the sword and gun away,
There’d be no war today,
If mothers all would say,
“I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier.”

VERSE 2
What victory can cheer a mother’s heart,
When she looks at her blighted home?
What victory can bring her back
All she cared to call her own.
Let each mother answer
In the years to be,
Remember that my boy belongs to me!

CHORUS

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