Wednesday, May 23, 2012

World War One Wednesday



Music has always been a powerful way to convey the feelings generated when a country goes to war. From The Star-Spangled Banner to The Battle Hymn of the Republic to I'll Be Seeing You, when America goes to war, people write songs. World War One was no exception. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree, It's A Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, Over There, and so many more. In researching this topic, I came across the song Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There.) I loved it so much, I wanted to incorporate it into A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA.
Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight (for Her Daddy Over There)

I've heard the prayers of mothers,
Some of them old and gray
I've heard the prayers of others
For those who went away
Oft times a prayer will teach one
The meaning of good bye
I felt the pain of each one,
But this one made me cry
Just a baby's prayer at twilight
When lights are low
Poor baby's years
are filled with tears
There's a mother there at twilight
Who's proud to know
Her precious little tot
Is Dad's forget-me-not
After saying "Goodnight, Mama"
She climbs up stairs
Quite unawares
And says her prayers
"Oh! kindly tell my daddy
That he must take care"
That's a baby's prayer at twilight
For her daddy, "over there"
The gold that some folks pray for,
Brings nothing but regrets
Some day this gold won't pay for
Their many lifelong debts.
Some prayers may be neglected
Beyond the Gold Gates.
But when they're all collected,
Here's one that never waits;
Just a baby's prayer at twilight
When lights are low
Poor baby's years
are filled with
There's a mother there at twilight
Who's proud to know
Her precious little tot
Is Dad's forget-me-not
After saying, "Goodnight, Mama"
She climbs up stairs
Quite unawares
And says her prayers
"Oh! kindly tell my daddy
That he must take care"
That's a baby's prayer at twilight
For her daddy, "over there"

Do you have a favorite Wartime song? I've always been partial to I'll Be Home for Christmas and I'll Be Seeing You.

3 comments:

  1. I don't even know any wartime songs. This is so sad...

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  2. I love I'll be Home for Christmas too! Those lyrics above were beautiful!

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  3. A fairly recent song I love is Letters from War by Mark Schultz. The video is a tear-jerker: http://vimeo.com/4684743

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