Weeping, Sad and Lonely
or When This Cruel War Is Over

Words by Charles C. Sawyer
Music by Henry Tucker

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This song was a sentimental favorite on the home front during the American Civil War.  Henry Tucker was a composer of many popular songs.  This one was published in 1862 as sheet music for "Sorrowing Hearts At Home".  The publisher, Sawyer & Thompson of Brooklyn, New York, charged 25 cents per copy.

"Dearest love, do you remember when we last did meet,
How you told me that you loved me, kneeling at my feet?
Oh! how proud you stood before me, in your suit of blue,
When you vow'd to me and country, ever to be true."

"Weeping, sad and lonely,
Hopes and fears, how vain.
When this cruel war is over,
Praying! that we meet again."

"When the summer breeze is sighing, mournfully along!
Or when autumn leaves are falling, sadly breathes the song.
Oft in dreams I see thee lying on the battle plain,
Lonely, wounded, even dying; calling but in vain."


"If amid the din of battle, nobly you should fall,
Far away from those who love you, none to hear you call.
Who would whisper words of comfort, who would soothe your pain?
Ah! the many cruel fancies ever in my brain."


"But our country called you darling, Angels cheer your way,
While our nation's sons are fighting, we can only pray.
Nobly strike for God and liberty, let all nations see
How we love our starry banner, emblem of the free."


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