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BREAK THE NEWS TO MOTHER (Chas. K. Harris) **This song was was an 1897 re-write of another Charles K. Harris song, "The Brave Fireman" (written in 1891). It became a big hit the following year, 1898, with the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. George J. Gaskin - 1898 Edison Male Quartette - 1898 Steve Porter - 1898 Albert Campbell - 1898 J. W. Myers - 1904 Victor Mixed Chorus - 1915 Shannon Four - 1917 Henry Burr - 1917 Vernon Dalhart - 1918 George Wilton Ballard - 1918 Waikiki Hawaiian Orch. - 1922 Riley Puckett - 1925 Maurice J. Gunsky - 1926 Carson Robison Trio - 1932 Also recorded by: Charles Foster; Elsie Janis; Arnold Keith Storm; Mills Brothers; The Old Man In The Woods; Benjamin Luxon. While shot and shell were screaming across the battlefield The boys in blue were fighting, their noble flag to shield Then a cry from our brave captain said, "Boys, the flag is down Who'll volunteer to save it from disgrace?" "I will," a young boy shouted, "I'll save the flag or die!" Then rushed into the thickest of the fray Saved the flag, but gave his young life, all for his country's sake We carried him back and heard him softly say... Just break the news to Mother, she knows how dear I love her And tell her not to wait for me, for I'm not coming home Just say there is no other can take the place of Mother Then kiss her dear sweet lips for me and break the news to her >From afar, a noble general had witnessed this brave deed "Who saved the flag? Speak up, boys, 'twas a noble and brave deed" Then a cry from our own captain said, "Sir, he's sinking fast" Then slowly turned away to hide a tear The general in a moment knelt down beside the boy And gave a cry that touched all hearts that day "'Tis my son, my brave young hero. I thought you safe at home" "Forgive me, father, for I ran away" Just break the news to Mother, she knows how dear I love her And tell her not to wait for me, for I'm not coming home Just say there is no other can take the place of Mother Then kiss her dear sweet lips for me and break the news to her (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2016)

    


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