Grayson and Whittier: ‘He is Coming to Us Dead’

Do not treat him harshly, boys / It contains our darling Jack
He went away as you boys are  / This way he’s coming back
He broke his poor old mother’s heart / Her fears have all come true
She said, it’s the way that he’d come back  / If he joined the boys in blue

A bit of down-home peacenikery from the famous fiddle-guitar duo. I love the jawing at the end — “a lotta them come back that way too!”

The collection of sides the pair recorded is online. Song by Gussie Lord Davis, 1899.