“Goodbye, Little Girl, Goodbye”


"The sound of the bugle is calling, Fare thee well, fare thee well." The soldier boy sets out: "Goodbye, little girl, goodbye... In my (Virginia/blue) uniform, I'll return to you." In the din of battle, he sends a (dying?) message to the girl


The Brown text appears confused. It starts simply enough, with a soldier bidding goodbye to his girl. But when the battle comes, it's not clear whether the lover dies, or the lover lives and goes home, or someone else asks him to send a message. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 271, "Goodbye, Little Girl, Goodbye" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15745
  3. BI, Br3271


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Brown)
Keywords: soldier separation love
Found in: US(SE)