While the shot and shell were screaming upon the battlefield
The boys in blue were fighting their noble flag to shield
Came a cry from their brave Captain "Look boys! our flag is down;"
Who'll volunteer to save it from disgrace
"I will" a young voice shouted, "I'll bring it back or die,"
Then sprang into the thickest of the fray
Saving the flag but gave his life. All for his country's sake
They brought him back and softly hear him say...
Just break the news to mother
She knows how dear I love her
And tell her not to wait for me
For I'm not coming home
Just say there is no other
Can take the place of mother,
Then kiss her dear sweet lips for me
And break the news to her
From afar a noted general had noticed this brave deed,
"Who saved our flag? speak up lads, 'twas noble, brave indeed"
"There he lies, Sir" the captain, "he's sinking very fast"
Then slowly turned away to hide a tear
The general in a moment knelt down beside the boy
Then gave a cry that touched all hearts that day
"It's my son, my brave young hero, I thought you safe at home"
"Forgive me, Father for I ran away"
Harris, Chas K., "Break The News To Mother" (1916). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1857.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.