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From 1899, remembering those lost in war – The Old Brigade, sung by S. H. Dudley & Harry MacDonough.


The Old Brigade
 
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 7263
Category Duet
Title The Old Brigade
Performed by S. H. Dudley & Harry MacDonough
Circa Nov/Dec 1899
Announcement "Duet by Dudley & MacDonough, The Old Brigade.  Edison record."
 

An early recording – made long before the establishment of Veterans or Armistice Day – honoring those fallen in battle.   This popular British patriotic song of remembrance was written in 1881.   The words (see below) are by Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) and the music by Odoardo Barri (pseudonym for Edward Slater, 1844-1920).

Baritone S. H. Dudley announces the recording.

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The Old Brigade

Where are the boys of the old Brigade,
Who fought with us side by side?
Shoulder to shoulder, and blade by blade,
Fought till they fell and died!
Who so ready and undismayed?
Who so merry and true?
Where are the boys of the old Brigade?
Where are the lads we knew?

Then steadily shoulder to shoulder,
Steadily blade by blade!
Ready and strong, marching along
Like the boys of the old Brigade!

Over the sea far away they lie,
Far from the land of their love;
Nations alter, the years go by,
But Heavín still is Heavín above,
Not in the Abbey proudly laid
Find they a place or part;
The gallant boys of the old Brigade,
They sleep in old Englandís heart.

Then steadily shoulder to shoulder,
Steadily blade by blade!
Ready and strong, marching along
Like the boys of the old Brigade!

                                       


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