The Girl I Left Behind Me

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Something for the weekend.  The Girl I Left Behind Me.  First seeing print in 1791, the song has always been associated with the parting of young soldiers and their sweethearts as a result of war.

6 Responses to The Girl I Left Behind Me

  • The song Lili Marlene is also very nice, and it’s about the same theme. I especially love the version sung by Scottish folk singer John Mcdermott. So look that up! :)

  • Here it is Briana sung by Marlene Dietrich, the famed film actress who despised the Nazis who took over her native Germany, and spent a good part of World War II entertaining American and British troops. After the War she became a naturalized American citizen. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom for her entertainment of the troops during World War II, and said that of all the honors and awards she received during her life she was proudest of it.

  • Not sure our GWT soldiers sing.

    I prefer the instrumentals.

    Souza’s Cavalry March contains Garry Owen and the St. Patrick’s Day March.

  • Thanks for both links. I first remember hearing “The Girl I left Behind Me” in 1949 in the film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and both the film and the song have been favorites ever since.
    On another note, although I can’t understand anyone being on the fence about voting for Romney, one only needs to remember how many Supreme Court justices the next president will appoint given the age of the current justices. Have you addressed that already? If so, i may have miised it.
    Peter

  • I believe that is when I first heard the song also Pete. A good book on music in John Ford’s westerns is How the West Was Sung:

    http://www.amazon.com/How-West-Was-Sung-Westerns/dp/0520252349/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345460000&sr=1-1&keywords=how+the+west+was+sung

    The Supreme Court appointments that doubtless that will be made in the next term are an excellent reason to vote for Romney.

  • My late Grandfather said that the song “Sentimental Journey” got an entire train of servicemen (he was one) tearing up back in ’45.

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