“You Fight On”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: brother religious
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"If your brother done you wrong, Take him to yourself alone; Tell him brother you done treated me wrong. You fight on, you fight on, with your sword in your hand, You fight on, yes, you fight on, Lawdy you fight on...."

Notes

This appears to me to be based -- very loosely -- on Matt. 18:15: "If a brother sins [against you], bring it to his attention when the two of you are alone."

Note: the words "against you" are omitted by the two oldest manuscripts. - RBW

References

  1. Sandburg, pp. 248-249, "You Fight On" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, San248