The summer had been good to all When from the army came the call Our Jack was proud to serve his king And he would be back before the end of spring. So their darling son marched off to war Of what happened then they heard no more No message Jack to them did send And it took a long time for the war to end. But when the fighting was finally done In vain they waited for their son And of the soldiers who homeward came Those few that would speak, didn't know his name. They went to hospital and grave Clinging to their hope that their boy had been saved And every soldier, they enquired to: Did our dear boy Jack fight 'longside of you? Then finally a man spoke out: Your dear boy Jack has done you proud Though he was wounded, he would not rest Till a deadly blow caught him in the chest. Oh Darling, now hear what I've done The Army would not have our son But they let him march, because of what I said It is for my words, that our Jack is dead.
Lyrics by Mysha; music traditional (My Boy Willie).
The song speaks of the time of the First World War. It tells the story of the Kipling family: Rudyard Kipling, his wife and their son Jack. The events in the song are based on the film My Boy Jack, as it was recounted on Mudcat. However, I tried to describe them in a way that would not be limited to that one family at that one time.
last modified 21 March 2018; last updated 14 November 2015