Tune of the Day: So Long, Mother
Originally written for voice and piano, this World War I era song was released in 1917. It is one of the best-known compositions by Illinois-born pianist Egbert Van Alstyne, and was notably sung by the great Al Jolson.
The song is told from a soldier's point of view as he comforts his heavyhearted mother before he leaves for war.
So long my dear old lady, don't you cry
Just kiss your grown-up baby goodbye
Somewhere in France I'll be dreaming of you
You and your dear eyes of blue
Come let me see you smile before we part
I'll throw a kiss to cheer your dear old heart
Dry the tear in your eye
Don't you sigh, don't you cry
So long, mother, kiss your boy goodbye
Thanks to Sarah for suggesting this piece!