T:Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
S:Capt. F. O'Neill
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% Classed as a street ballad in "Halliday Sparling's Irish Minstrelsy
% London 1887" the editor adds, in a note on page 366,
% "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye ! This favorite old song
% is here for the first time given complete. It dates from
% the beginning of the present century (19th), when
% Irish regiments were so extensively raised for the
% East India service."
% This spirited air almost forgotten in Ireland blossomed into new
% popularity during the American Civil War, and, after its arrangement
% by a master hand - Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore - it became a great
% favorite with military and volunteer bands. Parodies on the original
% song such as "When Johnny comes marching home again",
% "Johnny fill up the bowl" etc., were sung to it by the Union soldiers.
% After the manner of the "Loobeens" and occupational songs of
% olden days in Ireland, additional verses were improvised, some
% possibly crude, yet always mirth-provoking, and well-calculated to
% keep up their spirits on the march, or relieve the monotony of
%camp life. The circumstance of its arrangement as above stated
% no doubt led Adair FitzGerald to refer to it in his "Stories of
% Famous Songs" in qualified words:
% "When Johnny comes marching home again, said to
% have been composed by the celebrated Patrick S.
% The latter, a native of Dublin quite probably had memorized the
% tune in his youth. The original, it may be observed, included a
% refrain of four lines not found in the parodies.