Based on "The Faded Coat of Blue," words and music by J.H. McNaughton (1865)
My brave lad sleeps in his faded coat of brown.
In a lonely grave unknown lies a heart of love renowned.
He sank faint and hungry among the famished brave,
And they laid him sad and lonely within his nameless grave.
No more the bugle calls the weary one.
Rest, noble spirit, in thy grave unknown.
I'll find you and know you when the final trumpet sounds
And a robe of white is given for the faded coat of brown.
He cried, "Give me water and just a little crumb,
And my mother she will bless you for all the years to come.
Please tell my sweet sister, with gentle goodness crowned,
That I'll meet her up in heaven in my faded coat of brown."
He said, "My dear comrades, you cannot take me home
But if you'll mark my grave for mother, she'll find me if she'll come
I fear she'll not know me, if indeed I can be found
Out beyond the 'Verse's end, in my faded coat of brown."
Long, long years have vanished, and though he comes no more,
Yet my heart will startling beat with each footfall at my door.
I gaze o'er the hill where his ship leapt off the ground,
But no gallant lad I see in his faded coat of brown.
from Distorted Vision,
released August 22, 2015
Words adapted by Gray Rinehart
Music by J.H. McNaughton (Public Domain)
Gray Rinehart - vocals and backing vocals
Mark Minervino - instruments and backing vocals
Recorded at Stormghost Studio, Cary, NC, and MKM Studios, Scarborough, ME
Engineered and produced by Mark Minervino