While the shot and shell were screaming
Upon the battlefield
The boys in blue were fighting
Their noble flag to shield
Came a cry from their brave captain
'Look boys, our flag is down
Who'll volunteer to save it from disgrace?'
'I will,' a young voice shouted
'I'll bring it back or die'
Then sprang into the thickest of the fray
Saved the flag, but gave his young life
All for his country's sake
They brought him back and softly heard him say.

Chorus: '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 noted gen'ral
Had witnessed this brave deed
'Who saved our flag? Speak up lads
T'was noble, brave, indeed!'
'There he lies , Sir' said the captain
'He's sinking very fast'
Then slowly turned away to hide a tear
The general in a moment
Knelt down beside the boy
Then gave a cry that touched all hearts that day
'It's my son, my brave young hero
I thought you safe at home.'
'Forgive me, Father, for I ran away.'


Words and Music by Chas. K. Harris.
Performed by Charles Foster (1854-1913)
Performed by Elsie Janis (1889-1956)
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