Just a slight elaboration on the earlier response: The 11th Engineers' song
("Only One More Jungle Season") is set to the tune of an old Gospel hymn
("What a Friend We Have in Jesus" by Charles C. Converse--"Are Ye Weak and
Heavy Laden...Take it to the Lord in prayer.") The old 5th Cav song, "The
Young Dragoon" is set to the tune of "Gay and Happy" a very popular
composition of the 1840s by a Miss Fanny Forrest of Baltimore and used in
numerous parodies--such as the regimental song of the 1st MD Infantry, CSA,
which changed the carefree chorus, "So let the wide world/wag as it will"
to "So let the guns roar, roar as they will/we'll be gay and happy still."
On p. 556 Dolph notes that "My Name is Solomon Levi" (a 19th century comic
song popular with the college set) was used as the setting for the song of
the 31st Infantry. As for "John Peel," I personally don't see much
relationship to the Pepsi Cola jingle, but you can readily find the
original tune and words in most songsters of the early Twentieth Century.
Thanks for the memories--for raising the question and for the fine old
compilation we have cited.
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