This traditional song is the basis for Florence Reese's 1931 Which Side Are You On? The earliest print source is from 1818. It was printed as a popular American broadside in the 1830s, and has been covered by the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan. In most versions, arich girl loves a soldier/sailor; her father has the boy pressed into service. She disguises herself and enlists under the name of the title (which varies considerably). When her lover is wounded, she nurses him, revealing her identity and they marry. Other versions end unhappily.