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Lyr Req: I Left My Love (Stan Jones)

Wincing Devil 10 Jan 00 - 04:50 PM
Wincing Devil 16 Feb 00 - 02:08 PM
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GUEST,Looking for where to purchase the sheet musi 20 Dec 05 - 11:13 PM
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Subject: I Left my Love
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 10 Jan 00 - 04:50 PM

I'm trying to find the lyrics to a Civil War era song, the word I remember are:

I Left my love my love I left
A' Lyin' in her bed.
I Left my love and Off I went
Went to fight Johnny Reb,

Chorus:
Yo, ho, down we go,
There's no such word as can't
We''l fight our way to hell and back
With Ulysses Simpson Grant.

Thanque!
Wincing Devil


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left my Love
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 02:08 PM

I seem to have found that "I Left My Love" is from the soundtrack to "The Horse Soldiers" and was written for the film. Music and Lyrics by Stan Jones. Sounds like a folk song anyway.

Wincing_Devil
Sphynxes Rule! Persians Drool! (They do!)


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Subject: ADD: I Left my Love (Stan Jones)
From: Cruiser
Date: 27 Dec 04 - 11:01 PM

I Left My Love^^
Lyricist/songwriter: Stan Jones

I left my love, my love I left her
sleepin' in her bed
I turned my back on my true love
Went fightin' Johnny Reb

I left my love a letter in the holler of a tree
I told her she would find me in the U.S. Calvary

Heigh-O, down they go there's no such word as can't
We'll ride clean down to Hell! And! Back!
For Ulysses Simpson Grant

Heigh-O, down they go there's no such word as can't
We'll ride clean down to Hell! And! Back!
For Ulysses Simpson Grant

I left my love, my love I left her
sleepin' in her bed
I turned my back on my true love
Went fightin' Johnny Reb

I left my love a letter in the holler of a tree
I told her she would find me in the U.S. Calvary
In the U.S. Calvary

Heigh-O, down they go there's no such word as can't
We'll ride clean down to New Orleans!
For Ulysses Simpson Grant

As a kid, this was one of my favorite songs from a favorite movie, "The Horse Soldiers". It is a rousing march that I would sing or hum when doing a physical task, running in sports, or marching cadence in the military. It and 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' "inspired" me to make it through boot camp physical chores.

I had searched in vain for the United Artist's original sound track music album on CD, but in vain. It is available on vinyl, for a hefty price!

I purchased the DVD by MGM, largely for the theme song and the other sound track music including 'Year of Jubilo'.

Today was a dark, dreary, cold day so I transcribed the lyrics from the movie sound track so the song could be cataloged and preserved on Mudcat. I have been unable to find the lyrics elsewhere, even on the Web.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left my Love
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 28 Dec 04 - 10:28 PM

I saw that movie over 50 years ago and I still remember that song.

                                                    SOL ZELLER


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Subject: Lyr Add: A CANE AND A HIGH STARCHED COLLAR
From: Cruiser
Date: 31 Dec 04 - 09:13 PM

I found another song that has the same melody as "I Left My Love" which was written in 1959 (not quite 50 years Sol, but it seems that long ago to me also).

The other song with the same melodic structure is "A Cane and A High Starch Collar" sung by Elvis Presley in the 1960 film "Flaming Star". This song was written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett in 1960.

The chorus or bridge melodies are exactly the same and I first noticed the similarities when I heard the first phrase starting with "Hi-Lo" from this song's bridge. The first phrase of the bridge of "I Left My Love" starts with Heigh-O.

A CANE AND A HIGH STARCHED COLLAR

Cowboy, cowboy marry me
I'll bake you a cherry pie
Well thank you very kindly mam
But I'm too young to die

Hi-lo-do-si-dosy-do
Stay single and save a dollar
Come Saturday night I'll court a pretty girl
With a cane and a high starched collar

Cowboy if you'll marry me
I'll be your darling Jenny
Now why should I drink from just one well
When I can drink from twen'y

Hi-lo-do-si-dosy-do
Stay single and save a dollar
Come Saturday night I'll court a pretty girl
With a cane and a high starched collar

Cowboy, cowboy name the day
July 'd be nice I reckon
Gladly meet you at the church
July the 32nd

Hi-lo-do-si-dosy-do
Stay single and save a dollar
Come Saturday night I'll court a pretty girl
With a cane and a high starched collar

You sleep all day and spoon all night
And eat your favorite chow
Then why should I get married mam
That's what I'm doing now

Hi-lo-do-si-dosy-do
Stay single and save a dollar
Come Saturday night I'll court a pretty girl
With a cane and a high starched collar

The older I get the more I am finding that one melody is often used for more that one song, and sometimes many. Priority for this melody probably goes to songwriter Stan Jones. However, who knows whom he "borrowed" it from.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left my Love
From: Bard Judith
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 10:10 PM

Interestingly, I also transcribed my lyrics aurally, about five years ago, and they differ slightly. If I can find the tape, I'll give the source.

I left my love a letter in the hollar of a tree.
I told her she would find me, in the US Cavalry.
Hi-oh, down we go, there's no such word as 'can't'.
We'll ride right down to hell and back for Ulysses Simpson Grant.

I left my love, my love I left a-sleepin' in her bed.
I turned my back on my true love to fight the Johnny Reb.
Hi-oh, down we go, there's no such word as 'can't'.
We'll ride right down to hell and back for Ulysses Simpson Grant.

Hi-oh, down we go, there's no such word as 'can't'.
We'll ride right down to New Orleans..... for Ulysses Simpson Grant!


A web search does turn up the 'movie soundtrack version' at

www.militarymusiconline.com/I_Left_My_Love_lyrics.htm

but nowhere else. Obviously I'll have to verify the accuracy of the lyrics I've posted, but I'm puzzled by one of the main differences - 'we' versus 'they'. Doesn't it seem more logical that the narrator, being one of the soldiers in question, is singing along as 'we' in the chorus?


And finally - does anyone care, because this may not qualify as a 'genuwine folk song' anyhow? :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left my Love
From: GUEST,Looking for where to purchase the sheet musi
Date: 20 Dec 05 - 11:13 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left My Love
From: Cruiser
Date: 26 Dec 05 - 01:03 PM

I listened to the DVD of "The Horse Soldiers" a few minutes ago to confirm the lyrics. I turned the caption on and the word is THEY not WE as suggested by Bard Judith above.

"Heigh-O, down THEY go there's no such word as can't"

The THEY refers to the confederate soldiers "going DOWN" or falling or losing battles to the Union troops as they advanced.

I do consider this a folk song. I know of nowhere to get the sheet music. You could search for Stan Jones (song writer), who was an interesting fellow who played General U.S. Grant in first scene of the movie, but I doubt you will find much.

Cruiser


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LEFT MY LOVE
From: Peace
Date: 26 Dec 05 - 10:50 PM

"I Left My Love"

I left my love, my love I left a sleepin' in her bed.
I turned my back on my true love when fightin' Johnny Reb.
I left my love a letter in the hollar of a tree.
I told her she would find me, in the US Cavalry.

Hi-Yo! Down they go, there's so such word as can't.
We're riding down to hell and back for Ulysses Simpson Grant.

Hi-Yo! Down they go, there's so such word as can't.
We're riding down to hell and back for Ulysses Simpson Grant.

I left my love, my love I left a sleepin' in her bed.
I turned my back on my true love when fightin' Johnny Reb.
I left my love a letter in the hollar of a tree.
I told her she would find me, in the US Cavalry, in the US Cavalry.

Hi-Yo! Down they go, there's so such word as can't.
We're riding down to hell and back for Ulysses Simpson Grant.

Found the above version--very similar to BJ's--at

www.militarymusiconline.com/I_Left_My_Love_lyrics.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left My Love
From: Q
Date: 27 Dec 05 - 12:56 AM

Now if anon. would update it for the Bush war- it might be considered folk.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Left my Love
From: GUEST,marianne
Date: 31 May 09 - 06:19 PM

This is the regimental song of the 3d ACR(Brave Rifles) and, according to their unit history, here are the lyrics

I left my loves a letter in the holler of a tree
I told 'em they could find me in the U.S. Cavalry
    (CHORUS)
Hi Ho, off we go, a never-ending story
We'll ride right through to Hell! and Back!
And grab the reins of glory

I left my my love, my love I left a sleepin in the bed
I left the side of my true love to fight until I'm dead

       CHORUS

In eighteen hundred forty six the call to war began
A regiment of mounted men, of mounted riflemen.

          Chorus

From Mexico, our first campaign, and through the civil war
As Patton's lead, our country's need, and back from Saudi's shore

            chorus

The sun may set on all the rest, but they can never be
BRAVE RIFLES, VETERANS! BLOOD AND STEEL,
THE BEST OF CAVALRY!


Hi ho, off we go, a never-ending story
We'll ride straight through to Hell! and Back!
And grab the reins of glory


To any Brave Rifles who may see this   AIEEYAH!!!! from a cavmom


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