Cobb, Will D., 1876-1930 and Edwards, Gus, 1879-1945, “When the Roses Bloom Again Beside the River,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed February 6, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31924.
When the Roses Bloom Again Beside the River
This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.
In a far and distant city
Where the roses bloom so fair
There is a soldier who is faithful kind and
And his thoughts are always drifting
As she stooped and gently kissed him
And she pinned a rose upon his coat of blue.
When the roses bloom again beside the river
The robins they s ing one glad refrain
In the days of olden times
I’ l be with you sweet heart mine
I’ll be with you when the roses bloom gain.
In the rattle of the battle
Came an murmur soft and low
From soldier who is fallen in the field
I am dying, Captain, dying
For I know that I must go
But I wait to murmur ‘ere I pass away