Music ID




Download Full Text (1.0 MB)


Vocal Popular


VP_012032 Verse 1It was rollcall, and was just before the battle,... When a name was called that did not answer, "Here!"... In his tent they search'd, but there they did not find him;... That he'd stolen off at nighttime now was clear.... Then beside his name the captain wrote, "Deserter!"... For he did not see a letter on the floor.... 'Twas from mother, and it read, "Come home, I'm dying,... And I want to see your darling face once more!"... Chorus 1For his mother's sake he let them call him coward,... Tho' till now they'd call'd him bravest of the brave!... A deserter from the ranks, the eve of battle,... Tho' he'd often risked his life the flag to save!... He must choose between his mother, dear, and duty!... Who can blame him? What would you do in his place?... Thousands answer Duty's call he's her only one, her all For his mother's sake he braves death and disgrace!... Verse 2It was sunrise, and the firing squad was ready,... And the captain grasped his sword to give command:... A deserter waited there to meet his Maker,... But a cry from camp, then, stayed the captain's hand.... They had found the soldier's letter from his mother,... And all dream'd of mothers they left lonely too.... Then they pardoned him, and as he passed his comrades... They saluted, for he'd shown his heart was true....

Physical Description

1 score (4 p.) : ill. ; 31 cm.

Publication Date



The American Advance Music Co

Publication Place

New York

For His Mother's Sake