WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME AGAIN

Created on 30/04/2008
Latest update on 15/09/2014

Artist: Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore's Band
Author: Louis Lambert
Year: 1863

Bandmaster of the Union Army, born in Ireland. In 1883 Gilmore admitted he copied this melody from Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye, an Irish anti-war & anti-press gang song from the early 19th Century, when Irish troops were forced by the British to fight overseas in the far east. Sulloon in the lyrics stands for Ceylon/Sri Lanka.

Covers:

1898:

John Terrell

1940:

Glenn Miller

1944:

John Tasker Howard [in The Farmer's Son]

1950:

Erroll Garner

1960:

Adam Faith [in film Never Let Go]

1960:

Jimmy Smith

1963:

Terry Gibbs

1963:

Anita Carter [as Johnny, I Hardly Knew You, the original lyrics! (see headnote)]

1965:

Chris Barber

1978:

Clash [in English Civil War from Give 'Em Enough Rope]

2003:

Dolly Parton

2012:

Dub Mentor feat. Anna Domino [with lyrics from both Johnny's, including from Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye]

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