The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

On The Fields Of Battle, Mother

Cat. #0774 (MFH #482) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on June 25, 1969

VERSE 1
On th fields of battle, Mother
All th night alone I lay
Angel watching o'er me, Mother
Till th breaking of th day

VERSE 2
I lay thinking of you, Mother
An' my lov'n ones at home
Tell to them, th story, Mother
Boy again has ceased to roam

VERSE 3
Kiss for me my little brother
Kiss my sister I love so well
When you set together, Mother
Tell them how their brother fell

VERSE 4
Tell to them th story, Mother
While I sleep b'neath th sod
That I died to save our counrty
All for love to them an' God

VERSE 5
O, dear Mother, you may never
Press me to your heart again
But remember me, dear Mother
While I'm sleep'n with th slain

VERSE 6
I must soon be going, Mother
Going to my home of rest
Kiss me as a boyish, Mother
Press me nearer to your breast