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.
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Johnny’s gone a-sailing, with trouble on his mind For the leaving of his country and his darlin’ love behin
Dora Lee-a-Laddie Dora Lee, my Lily, oh
She’s gone to the tailor shop, and dressed in man’s array Shipped on board a man o’war, convey herself away
Before you step on board, sir, you’re name I’d like to know With a smile upon her countenance, she answered: „Jack Monroe“
Your waist it is to slender, your fingers are to small Your cheeks they are to rosy, to face the cannonball
My waist it is quiet slender, my fingers they are small But I’ll never change my countenance, to face the cannonball
The drums did loudly rattle, sweet music they did play And on to the field of battle they soon did sail away
When the war was over, in a circle she marched round And among the dead and wounded her darling love she found