Pretty Sallie – A Love Song Of The Civil War

Sweethearts Left Back Home

The Billy Yanks and Johnny Rebs left loved ones behind when they went off to fight in the Civil War. Some of the soldiers would never return home, their lives lost on the battlefield or to disease. Those who did return home may find an empty chair at the family’s table, a loved gone from this life.

The men of the Civil War often left wives or sweethearts behind. If you have ever had to leave your own “Sallie” behind, then you understand how the Civil War soldiers felt. This song conveys the longing they had for their sorely missed “Sallie.”

Pretty Sallie

Performed by Tom Roush

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Lorena’s Reply

Lorena’s Reply

Lorena’s Reply (also known as Paul Vane), Is A Sequel To Lorena

Lorena was a very popular love song of the Civil War. For the background of the song Lorena, please see this post: Lorena.

Here is Lorena’s Reply, it was also written by Reverend H. D. L. Webster and was published in 1863, six years after Lorena.

“Lorena’s Reply” Lyrics

By Henry DeLafayette Webster, 1824-1896.

The years are creeping slowly by, dear Paul
The winters come and go:
The wind sweeps past, with mournful cry, dear Paul,
And pelt my face with snow;
But there’s no snow upon the heart, dear Paul,
‘Tis Summer always there;
Those early loves throw sunshine over all,
And sweeten mem’ries dear!

I thought it easy to forget, dear Paul,
Life glow’d with youthful hope:
The glorious future gleamed yet, dear Paul,
And bade us clamber up.
They, frowning, said: it must not — cannot be:
Break, now, the hopeless bands!
And, Paul, you know how well, that bitter day,
I bent to their commands!

I’ve kept you ever in my heart, dear Paul,
Thro’ years of good and ill;
Our SOULS could not be torn apart, dear Paul,
They’re bound together still.
I never knew how dear you were to me,
‘Till I was left alone;
I thought my poor, poor heart would break, the day
They told me you were gone.

Perhaps we’ll never, never meet, dear Paul,
Upon this earth again!
But THERE where happy Angels greet, dear Paul,
You’ll meet Lorena there.
Together, up the ever-shining way,
We’ll press with hoping heart
Together thro’ the bright eternal day,
And never more to part!

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