MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Faded Coat of Blue
Performed by John Thomas Powers Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 3 Track 10
Community: Tors Cove Audio:
Genre: Ballad / battle  

Transcription

Male voice: (speaks) Okay.

Oh my brave laddie sleeps in his faded coat of blue
In a lonesome silent grave lies the heart that beat so true
He fell faint and hungry among the famished brave
And they laid him sad and lonely within his sailor's grave

He cried, "Give me water and just one little crumb
My mother she will bless you in the many years to come
Oh tell my sweetest so gentle and so true
That I'll meet her up in heaven in my faded coat of blue

Chorus: No more the bugle call the weary one
Rest lonely spirit in thy grave unknown
But I'll know you and find you among the good and true
When a robe of white is given for your faded coat of blue

Long long years have vanished and now he comes no more
Yet my anxious heart will start with each footfall at my door
I gaze on the hilltop where he waved his last adieu
But no gallant lad I see in his faded coat of blue

Chorus: No more the bugle call the weary one
Rest lonely spirit in thy grave unknown
But I'll know you and find you among the good and true
When a robe of white is given for your faded coat of blue

 

Sources: For recordings by the Carter Family and others, see http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch. Roud 4293.

History: Composed by J. H. McNaughton, and first recorded in 1928 by Buell Kazee ( http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch .).   The song's narrative dates to the American Civil war of 1860-65.

Text notes: The singer laments the death of her son in his "faded coat of blue" (the northern uniform).

Tune notes: 4/4 metre.

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