The Great War era songs helped to improve morale among the soldiers, and those serving at home.
Often the positive, optimistic words of these songs belied the actual savagery of the fighting and killing and destruction of this war.

Song Pages are in alphabetical order. Please scroll down to see all the links to the song pages. Thanks.

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America, I Love You

Words by Edgar Leslie and Music by Archie Gottlier
Original Publication: New York: Kalmar & Puck Music Co., 142 West 45th St., (1915)
I love this fantastic patriotic song!
I cannot believe it has faded from public memory, and wish to bring it back.
We need it's message now, more than ever.
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And He'd Say "Oo-La-La Wee-Wee"

Written by Harry Ruby and George Jessel (1919)
Ah, those French girls, they sure could work around the language barrier with the soldiers!
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Colonel Bogey March

This song is thought of as a World War Two song,
because of David Lean's film The Bridge On The River Kwai,
but it actually was written in 1916 by a British gent named Kenneth J. Alford.
Publication: Boosey and Hawkes, London
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Goodbye Broadway, Hello France

Words by C. Francis Reisner and Benny Davis. Music by Billy Baskette.
     Publication: New York: Leo Feist, Inc. (1917)
Another rousing, toe-tapping patriotic song from the World War One era.
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Written by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee (1917)
Stiff upper lip, old bean, old chap! A super Great
War song from Britain, still remembered fondly.
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How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm
(After They've Seen Paree?)

Words by Joe Young & Sam M. Lewis. Music by Walter Donaldson
New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., Music Publishing,
Strand Theatre Bldg., Broadway at 47th St., (1919)
A comedy song: Ma and Pa wonder how their soldier son will adjust
to life in America after the Great War. Their worries
seem lopsided: they fear that girls back home will be more dangerous
to their boys than bullets were during the war.
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In Flanders Fields The Poppies Grow

Music Written by John Philip Sousa
Based on the famous World War One poem by Dr. John McCrae
Publication: New York: G. Schirmer, (1918)
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I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier

Words by Alfred Bryan
Music by Al. Piantadosi (1915)
#2 Song Hit For The Year After "America, I Love You"
An Anti-War Song, popular until America entered World War One
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It's A Long Long Way To Tipperary

Written and Composed by Jack Judge and Harry Williams.
   Publication: New York: Chappell & Co., Ltd., 41 East 34th St., (1912)
This song actually came out 2 years before the Great War began,
but took on a life of its own for all the soldiers of every country who fought in it
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By Geoffrey O'Hara, Army Song Leader
Publication: New York: Leo Feist, Inc., (1918)
World War One favorite:
"The Sensational Stammering Song Success
Sung by the Soldiers and Sailors"
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Keep The Homefires Burning

Words by Lena Ford and Music by Ivor Novello
     Publication: New York: Chappell & Co., Ltd., (1914)
On par with any patriotic song George M. Cohan could have written, comes this hugely popular
song of the World War One period
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Lorraine (My Beautiful Alsace Lorraine)

Written by Fred Fisher and Alfred Bryan
Publication: New York: McCarthy and Fisher, Inc., 148 W. 45th St., 1917
Cover Artist: Andre De Takacs
The provinces of Alsace and Lorraine have been fought over 4 times
by the Germans and French since 1871. This haunting ballad reflects
the somberness of that struggle, yet also tells how its people have survived through it all.
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Madelon, I'll Be True To The Whole Regiment

Based on the French soldier's song
Quand Madelon One Step by Camille Robert
French Lyrics by Louis Bousquet
English Version by Alfred Bryan
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My Belgian Rose

Words and Music By George Benoit, Robert Levenson and Ted Garton
Publication: New York: Leo Feist, Inc., Feist Building, (1918)
World War One had its share of "war bride" songs; and few can compare with this lovely song!
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My Sweetheart Is Somewhere In France

Music and Words Written by Mary Earl
Publication: New York: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., 224 West 47th Street (1917)
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Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning

Words and Music By Irving Berlin
Publication: New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, Strand Theatre Bldg., Broadway at 47th St., (1918)
This funny World War One song by Mr. Berlin was dedicated to:
"My friend 'Private Howard Friend' who occupies the cot next to mine and feels as I do about the 'bugler'"
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Over There

Words and Music By George M. Cohan.
    Publication: New York: Leo. Feist, Inc., (1917)
George M. Cohan's most famous song; he was
awarded a Congressional Citation for penning it
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Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag And Smile, Smile, Smile

Written by George Asaf. Music by Felix Powell.
Publication: New York: Chappell & Co., Ltd., 41 East 34th Street (1915)
"What is Best Described as a Philosophy Song, is Now Being Sung and Whistled by the Troops as They March Along."
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The Ragtime Soldier Man

Written by Irving Berlin (1912)
Seems smart Irving sensed the war was coming years before it did
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The Rose Of No Man's Land

Words by Jack Caddigan
Music by James A. Brennan (1918)
A pretty song - tribute to World War One Red Cross nurses,
who gave so much to help heal the soldiers hurt on the front lines
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Roses Of Picardy

Words by Fred E. Weatherly. Music by Haydn Wood.
Publication: New York: Chappell-Harms, Inc., (1916)
An absolutely exquisite love song of the World War One doubt cried over by countless lassies and laddies.
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The Russians Were Rushin'
The Yanks Started Yankin'

Music by Charles McCarron
Lyrics by Carey Morgan (1918)
A grandfather in the future of 1953 teaches
his grandson about The Great War, with a twist.
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Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers

Words by R.P. Weston and Music by Hermann E. Darewski
     Publication: New York: T.B. Harms, (1914)
Another tongue-twister song from World War One;
it was a big hit for Al Jolson and is featured
on Michael Feinstein's WW One CD "Over There";
s-s-see if you can s-s-s-sing it without s-s-s-slurring ;)
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Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty

Written and Composed by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott
Publication: New York, Division of Chappell Music (1916)
Incredibly popular song for the homesick British troops in France during the War.
The term "Blighty" refers to England.
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There's A Long, Long Trail

Written by Stoddard King and Zo Elliott
Publication: M. Witmark & Sons, New York (1915)
While not mentioning the war this song clearly resonated
with soldiers who were desperately missing home and family,
and who wanted to reassure loved ones that they would soon be home again.
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Till We Meet Again

Words by Raymond B. Egan and Music by Richard Whiting
Publication: Detroit: Jerome H. Remick & Co., (1918)
This bittersweet song was the last best-selling sheet music piece;
five million copies were sold within the first year. Richard Whiting
wrote this waltz tune as the result of a song contest sponsored by the publisher,
and a Detroit movie theater voted it the winner.
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You'd Better Be Nice To Them Now

Written by Wm. Tracey & Jack Stern (1918)
A very early and funny song about feminism, and ladies starting
to get jobs while the men were away fighting the Kaiser's armies.
And you thought Rosie The Riveter didn't exist until World War Two!
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