The Boys who won't come home / words by Harry Hamilton music by Ed Thomas
Thomas, Ed. “The Boys who won't come home / words by Harry Hamilton music by Ed Thomas.” Digital Gallery. BGSU University Libraries, 24 May 2018, digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/collections/item/31402. Accessed 14 Nov. 2019.
|Title||The Boys who won't come home / words by Harry Hamilton music by Ed Thomas|
|Subject||World War, 1914-1918 -- Songs and music|
|Soldiers -- Songs and music|
|Songs with piano|
|Description||For voice and piano|
|Back cover: Excerpts of He's had no lovin' for a long, long, time|
|Source||Sheet Music Collection; Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives; University Libraries; Bowling Green State University|
|Publisher||New York : Broadway Music Corp|
|Contributor||Hamilton, Harry. Lyricist.|
|Walton, E. E. Illustrator.|
|Format||1 score (3 pages) 31 cm|
|Alternative Title||First line of text: Flags were waving gaily all along the village street|
|First line of chorus: My boy was one of those who went away|
VERSE 01: The flags were waving gaily all along the village street,/The air was filled with music and the sound of marching feet./The boys had come back home again,/Their fighting days were done/And ev’ry heart was filled with pride/For the glory they had won./A gray haired mother tried to smile,/Amid the cheers and cries,/She murmur’d softly as she gazed/With sad and tear dimmed eyes.
CHORUS: My boy was one of those who went away,/He was my pride and joy/I loved him just as ev’ry other mother loves her boy/He gave his life to Uncle Sam,/He’s sleeping o’er the foam/So while you’re cheering, don’t forget the boys who won’t come home.
VERSE 02: He heard his country calling, and he answered to the call,/He went like all of Pershing’s men prepared to give his all./He took my blessing with him when he sailed across the sea/And since he went, I’ve prayed for him and waited patiently,/But greater flory claimed him and I’m proud that he could go,/He’s sleeping now in Flander’s field where crimson poppies grow