“Once I Had a Sweetheart (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: love separation mourning soldier battle death war
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So)


"Once I had a sweetheart, A sweetheart brave and true, His hair was dark and curly, His cunning eyes were blue." But her sweetheart wanted to roam; he gave her a ring and departed (to become a soldier). He is killed far from home


A generic plot, and floating lyrics too! But it seems to be a separate song -- though it's hard to believe it originated in the U. S., as the notes in Brown imply. - RBW



  1. BrownII 140, "Once I Had a Sweetheart" (1 text)
  2. [Randolph 796, "Once I Had a Sweetheart" -- deleted in the second printing]
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 527-528, "Once I Had a Sweetheart" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 796A)
  4. Roud #4477
  5. BI, BrII140