Dropkick Murphys: Broken Hymns Meaning
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Broken Hymns Lyrics
From the fallen row on row
In 1861 the prayed for God to keep their souls
Jimmy left home in April
That was one year to the day
Writes his mother back home in Brighton
But he ain't got much to say
anonymous Sep 13th 2019 report
If you see he states that it was one year to the day, the April time that he left. To me that says that he (Jimmy) left a year after the battle of ft sumter, which would make sense as that would be when mass forces would be building. Just my opinion.
anonymous Apr 4th 2015 report
The only truly identifiable battle is that of Fort Sumter (in the beginning of the song, April of 1861). Jimmy left for the army between 12 and 14 April 1862. That being the dates of the earliest battle the song could be mentioning. There were no battles on April 12-14 1862.
anonymous Nov 18th 2011 report
Actually, it was Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862. (There were no casualties at Fort Sumter)
anonymous Jul 28th 2011 report
More specifically the Battle of Fort Sumter which began the American Civil War
anonymous Apr 29th 2011 report
It's a brief perspective of the American Civil War from the perspective of a young boy (Jimmy) from Brighton, MA.
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