“When the Battle it was Won (Young Jimmy and the Officer)”


Jimmy deserts (in the face of the enemy!) when he hears his mother is dying. An officer arrives, hauls him from his mother's bedside, and orders him to face a firing squad. The officer may have wanted Jimmy's sweetheart (but she shoots him)


  1. Laws J23, "When the Battle it was Won (Young Jimmy and the Officer)"
  2. Greenleaf/Mansfield 178, "Young Jimmy and the Officer" (1 text)
  3. Peacock, pp. 994-995, "The Deserter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Mackenzie 117, "When the Battle It Was Won" (1 text)
  5. DT 553, BATLEWON
  6. Roud #1890
  7. BI, LJ23


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Mackenzie)
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)